THE JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA has committed tens of millions of Euros to a project connecting the Gaudalhorce reservoir with others on the Costa del Sol.
The scheme would also see surplus water from Rio Verde and the La Concepcion reservoirs brought to areas most in need, including Malaga city, which was recently forced to take 1.5 cubic hectometres from La Viñuela and 47 from Guadalhorce.
The Provincial Council last month began considering a raft of emergency proposals to deal with the ongoing drought threat.
In addition to continuing the current irrigation ban one day a week, several measures are being discussed. The first is to connect the Chillar river to La Viñuela reservoir, which would bring in around 2.5 cubic hectometres of water a year. The project is now awaiting an agreement between the Environment Department and Tragsa.
Farmers are also calling for further connections with reservoirs in Velez Malaga, Algarrobo and Torrox, which they believe would bring in a further 10 cubic metres of water, costing €800,000.
Last week, Jose Fiscal, Councillor for the Environment, said the increasing lack of water supplies in La Viñuela reservoir are “beginning to take their toll.”
Despite increasing fears over water shortages, the Junta de Andalucia has still not begun work to clear the Rubite tunnel. In April, the Ministry of Environment promised the works would begin “imminently” and were expected to take four months, saving around two cubic hectometres a year.