The Government asks citizens to reduce water consumption to 90 liters per day due to the drought

The Government asks citizens to reduce water consumption to 90 liters per day due to the drought
The Government asks citizens to reduce water consumption to 90 liters per day due to the drought

The Government asks citizens to reduce water consumption to 90 liters per day due to the droughtTONY LOSAS

The drought due to the continued absence of rain continues to advance through the Comunitat despite the explosive episode last Monday. Thus, the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation included Marina Baja on Wednesday in the emergency situation due to water shortage, which is added to those already in place: Marina Alta, Cenia-Maestrazgo and Palancia. Four of the nine that comprise the demarcation. The river basin authority took the opportunity to remind people of the need to cut back on non-essential urban uses and reduce citizen consumption to 90 litres a day with shorter showers, washing machines or dishwashers at maximum and turning off the tap when essential.

The supply is “guaranteed” in the Marina Baja thanks to the desalination plants of Mutxamel and the Mancomunidad de Canales de Taibilla, as was stressed by the CHJ. The restrictions are only contemplated for the moment for irrigation, as is already the case in parts of northern Castellón. “We are aware that there are problems, but they are rather structural problems, obviously aggravated by the drought,” said the president of the river basin authority, Miguel Polo. “In most of the territory there will be no problems, but it is advisable to save as much as possible,” he pointed out.

The truth is that the indicators have worsened in recent months. This is the case of systems such as Vinalopó-Alacantí and Serpis, which are on alert due to water shortages. That is why the CHJ has once again urged municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants to implement the measures contemplated in their emergency plans for drought situations. These include less water consumption in ornamental fountains or street cleaning, minimal watering of gardens or at night, limiting or prohibiting car washing or filling swimming pools. Contacting large industrial or hotel consumers to reduce consumption as much as possible is another recommendation.

At the antipodes of 2022

The situation, while worrying, avoids the restrictions that were once contemplated for Catalonia or Andalusia. The Júcar system, the largest in the entire demarcation, has its reserves above the average of recent years thanks to the copious spring of 2022. The same cannot be said of the Túria, with the lowest volume of water stored in these six years. The Cenia-Maestrazgo and Palancia are still in a “critical situation” while the Mijares is far from normal values.

The rains

The Júcar dams are over 51% full, which, together with the lack of rainfall, means that irrigation must be limited. This situation is worsened in the Segura basin, with the reservoirs at 22.4%, with ten consecutive weeks of losing water. The current hydrological year is the third driest of the last 33. n

 
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