Málaga and Campo de Gibraltar will be able to fill their private pools, but with limitations

Guaranteed dip this summer also in the Campo de Gibraltar area.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
15 May 2024 Wednesday 17:05
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Málaga and Campo de Gibraltar will be able to fill their private pools, but with limitations

Guaranteed dip this summer also in the Campo de Gibraltar area. If already last week the Andalusian Government announced that the province of Malaga could count on the filling of its private pools, now its authorization is officially confirmed by the Drought Management Commission of the Andalusian Mediterranean Basins, an entity that has announced that this region of Cádiz also has the green light to be able to have water for leisure. Of course, with a clear delimitation, do not exceed the allowed quota of 225 liters of water per person per day.

On the other hand, private companies, to benefit from this permit, must have “a water recirculation system that allows the use of the minimum essential amount of this resource to guarantee the sanitary quality of the water and to replace the losses that may occur due to evaporation. or cleaning filters”, according to the Andalusian Government.

As long as the town councils can justify these consumptions, the Board will allow bathing during the summer months.

Although we are far from thinking that we have overcome the drought and that water scarcity is no longer a problem, as the Minister of Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy, Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, has repeatedly pointed out, the truth is that the situation It has recovered a little and the reservoirs are in a better position thanks to the rains that Storm Nelson brought to a large part of Andalusia. So much so, that the experts of the hydrographic demarcation of the Andalusian Mediterranean Basins have considered it viable to make savings measures more flexible in some of their territories.

Specifically, the maximum permitted consumption of 225 liters per person per day is established in Málaga Capital, the Malaga region of Axarquía and the Western Costa del Sol (specifically it will affect Benahavís, Benalmádena, Casares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Manilva, Marbella, Ojén, Torremolinos and Mijas) and the Cádiz region of Campo de Gibraltar (Algeciras, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, La Línea de la Concepción, San Roque, Jimena de la Frontera and San Martín del Tesorillo).

At the request of the three water operators in these geographical points, Acosol, Emasa and Axaragua, the green light has also been given to an increase in the volume of water destined for green areas when there are species of botanical interest and regenerated water is not available. or phreatic to be used for irrigation. It is an exceptional measure, it is reported.

Also exceptional is using water to clean the streets, or allowing fountains located in public areas to come into operation, yes, those that have a push button.

The ban on the use of showers in sports establishments and swimming pools and those located on beaches intended for people with reduced mobility has also been lifted.

It was Ramiro Angulo, Secretary General of Water, who chaired this work meeting yesterday, who reported that the basin has water reserves of up to 371.77 cubic hectometers. It also stated that the measures in force in the other systems that are included in the territory and that are located in the provinces of Málaga (Guadalhorce-Limonero and Axarquía-Viñuela), Granada (Béznar-Rules) and Almería (Campo de Dalías) have been studied. -Benínar and Almanzora Caves).

Thus, it has been determined that in the Malaga area of ​​Guadalhorce-Limonero (Málaga capital) and Viñuela-Axarquía (Almáchar, Benamargosa, El Borge, Comares, Cútar, Iznate, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Totalán , Algarrobo, Torrox and Nerja), a maximum consumption of 200 liters per inhabitant per day for urban use is maintained. The same measure is imposed in the Levante area of ​​Almería.

Regarding the Béznar-Rules (Granada) and Benínar (Almería) systems, the Secretary General has highlighted that, “as they continue to be in a normal situation”, the Drought Management Commission understands that it is not necessary to enable any saving measures of water.

And in the areas without regulation, a greater provision has been approved and, thus, the Guadiaro River Basin, Penibética Mountain Range and Guadalhorce Headwaters now have 225 liters per day per person, while the Sierra Alberquillas will have as of June 1 235.

The flexibility comes into force as of June 1, Fernández-Pacheco explained today in an interview with Canal Sur. The counselor pointed out that the latest rains “have been very good for us, although they have not, of course, put an end to the problem of drought,” but they have made it possible to “make more flexible” measures.

“Until now the filling of private pools was prohibited. The Junta de Andalucía has changed this measure, now it is not prohibited, but the town councils will have to justify that the filling of these pools does not breach the provision to which I just referred. If the municipalities see themselves capable of authorizing the filling of the pools without exceeding that amount, the Junta de Andalucía will have nothing to say,” he explained.

Another of the key issues discussed at this work meeting was the possibility of increasing water supplies for agricultural holdings in Málaga and Cádiz, always taking into account the situation of the Mediterranean Basins.

Finally, the Committee of experts has authorized the increase in the volume of relief irrigation water in the Guadalhorce Valley area (which rises to 8-9 cubic hectometers) and in Axarquía (which will have up to 3 cubic hectometers for cultivation woody).

In the Campo de Gibraltar area, 4 cubic hectometers of water are maintained for irrigation and, in the Levante area of ​​Almería, this measure is subject to human supply being guaranteed.