Malaga water fight

Water Fight
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A bureaucratic battle blocks the transfer of water to regions that need it

As the drought continues to strike the northern municipalities in Malaga province, one of the projects that could solve this situation has been hindered due to poor communication between different branches of the government.

The plan to transfer water from the Iznajar dam to surrounding regions is still out of action due to a misunderstanding between the Government in Madrid and the Junta de Andalucia (the regional authorities).

The Central Government maintained that this is a project which the Junta needs to develop on its own but as the cost of the project is estimated at around €50 million, this would mean the local authorities would have to allocate a large part of their budget to it. Hence it would be easier to organise if an agreement was reached between the Government, Junta and the town councils.

The western Costa del Sol is on a pre-alert warning for low water reserves while La Viñuela reservoir in Axarquia has already been declared in a state of drought.

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