Drinking water finally reaches the taps in the North of Córdoba after a year depending on tanker trucks

The tanker trucks that carried water to the regions of Los Pedroches and Alto Guadiato, in the North of Córdoba, disappear from the scene.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
23 April 2024 Tuesday 17:28
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Drinking water finally reaches the taps in the North of Córdoba after a year depending on tanker trucks

The tanker trucks that carried water to the regions of Los Pedroches and Alto Guadiato, in the North of Córdoba, disappear from the scene. After a full year in which the almost 80,000 inhabitants of the area have had to regularly carry jugs to bring this liquid to their homes, today they can leave that bad dream behind and open their taps with all the guarantees. This was announced by the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, who assured that, after carrying out the relevant analyzes of the water from the Sierra Boyera reservoir, the liquid is drinkable.

However, the expected news has been clouded by the way in which the regional government has made it known, through the social network ': “We regret the lack of respect and empathy” of the head of the Andalusian Executive “towards the citizens of the North of Córdoba” since, as they point out, “not only has he not bothered to visit us to take an interest in the situation that we have suffered during a year, but now we have to find out through a social network the most important news for this part of its territory.”

The organization has pointed out that if today the tanker truck leaves the equation and the group of Cordovans from 24 municipalities and 19 villages who had acquired the habit of going in search of water with their containers is blurred, it is thanks to the latest rains collected thanks to Storm Nelson, which has given them a “period of tranquility” after filling 75% of the reservoir that supplies them, the first to dry up in Spain due to “lack of foresight in the face of drought,” since they have insisted that La Laundry remains contaminated. Thus, they have urged “all administrations to get to work now so that this does not happen again.”

“It's official now. "They have just certified the potability of the water stored in the Sierra Boyera panto." It was the most anticipated announcement in the North of Córdoba. After their neighbors saw how the swamp dried up and the water from the La Colada reservoir became contaminated, yesterday the end of a long and complicated year was announced.

“Thanks to all the neighbors for their patience and responsibility” during this period, commented the Government delegate in the province, Adolfo Molina, who also pointed out the “end” of the restrictions. At a press conference, he also wanted to highlight the work of the Córdoba Provincial Council, which has carried out an "important economic and human effort to pump water from La Colada to the Sierra Boyera DWTP, the transfer of tanker trucks to 43 population centers to guarantee drinking water and work to purify the water of La Colada".

In this sense, he explained that since April 1, a joint action protocol was put in place between the Provincial Council and the Board, by which the "analysis of Total Organic Carbon and Trihalomethanes was carried out at least twice a day. the exit of the DWTP, once the water from the La Colada Reservoir had been removed from said DWT". Furthermore, in order to determine the characteristics of the raw water of the Sierra Boyera Reservoir, before entering the DWTP, a complete analysis was carried out, with the exception of the parameters related to disinfection and the derived by-products.

A "complete analysis of the treated water at the outlet of the ETAP was also carried out, once it was ensured that it came completely from said collection and that the treatments inside the ETAP were adjusted", although " three consecutive favorable results with at least 24 hours between each one.

Subsequently, after passing the complete analysis of the treated water and adjusting the treatment in the DWTP, "two consecutive favorable samples with at least 24 hours between each one, at different sampling points established in the supply network, provided that their The result was favorable in all of them, analyzing various parameters sought.

Finally, Molina explained that the results will be communicated by the provincial water company to the Territorial Health and Consumer Delegation "within a maximum period of 48 hours from their obtaining", unless any analyzed parameter "manifests a deviation or incidence with respect to the normative parametric values, in which case the communication will be immediate and always in less than 24 hours, from its obtaining".

Although emergency alarms have been deactivated in most southern provinces, such as in Seville or Córdoba, the truth is that in parts of the Andalusian Mediterranean Basins, such as Málaga or Almería, the situation remains worrying. For this reason, the regional government calls for responsible consumption and ensures that work continues in the area of ​​water to undertake the necessary works to alleviate the effects of climate change and the foreseeable episodes of drought that will be suffered, as comments the Minister of the Environment, Ramón Fernández Pacheco.

Currently, and according to the data published by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, as of today, April 23, the Andalusian reservoirs are at 43.30% of their capacity, with 5,194 cubic hectometers accumulated, a Data that is not far from the 57.27% of water impounded the same week 10 years ago, but it does mark an important difference with respect to the figures recorded in summer, when it barely reached 20%.

One of the basins that has benefited the most from the rainfall brought by Storm Nelson is the Guadalquivir, which is at 47.1% of its capacity and has filled swamps in Seville, Córdoba and Jaén. The Mediterranean Basins are at 3.1%, the Tinto, Odiel and Piedras basins are at 85.6% while the Guadalete-Barbate basins are at 30.6%.