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The council of Aledo Totana and create a common front to solve water shortage problems in wells Espuña (06/08/2012)

The Mayor of Totana, Isabel Maria Sanchez, and Aledo, Simon Alcalraz, have held a meeting in which they have agreed to create a common front to claim at the Segura basin (CHS) a solution that will solve the deficit problems water wells in Sierra Espuña, whose situation is affecting this season the producers of table grapes from both neighboring municipalities.

Together with the council of Totana and Alhama have met the council of Agriculture and Water of both municipalities and municipal officers.

The Consistory totanero already approved in July last plenary a motion the mayor of Agriculture showed its institutional support to the Consistory of Aledo and the various Agricultural Transformation Societies affected area in its negotiations with the CHS to alleviate the emergency situation of deficit water that affects many crop farmers of table grapes from both municipalities and Espuña.

Totana is a term where the primary sector is undoubtedly the economic engine of this county and the cultivation of grapes, among others, is one of the main products which are devoted some areas of production in the higher elevations of the term City, on the border with the neighboring city of Aledo, and within the Regional Park of Sierra Espuña.

Totana has many sites dedicated to the cultivation of table grapes for its excellent topography and climate, and the modernization of irrigation systems have been a mainstay that has enabled increased performance and expertise of farmers in the area.

The good qualities of this table grapes are the result of the microclimate that occurs in the ecosystem of the Bajo Guadalentín, especially in areas of the municipalities of Aledo, Alhama de Murcia and Totana, where you get full Dominga grape production .

The extraction of groundwater, has enabled Aledo is one of the largest producers of table grapes, but a significant number of owners are residents of Totana, as the municipality does not have endowments or desalination shipping as far as the Irrigation water is concerned.

Apparently, since last May 2011, several wells in the term of Aledo, have suffered a great decline in the level and extraction flow that had been the usual for these holdings, reducing the possibility of water extraction in some cases up to half of normal levels for these wells.

In addition, the earthquake in May in the area of ​​Lorca, is perhaps one of the fundamentals that caused this situation.

Remarkably, the epicenter of the earthquake took place between the towns of Aledo and Lorca, being the epicenter at a distance equal between these cities.

All this has led to the current campaign of table grapes, possible allocations of irrigation water have declined considerably to the point of not being sufficient water resources to take forward the harvest this year, mainly in some places.

These cases would involve unprecedented damage to numerous owners of Aledo and Totana, as the table grape crop is the main economic engine for many farm families in both municipalities.

For some months all Agricultural Transformation Societies of Aledo, whose partners include many of Totana, are immersed in the processing necessary to regularize the irrigated perimeters, and the allocation of water granted by the Hydrographic Confederation securely between different societies.

Notwithstanding this short term is not a solution to the serious situation ahead, since the amount of water currently being extracted well, predicts it will not be possible to take forward the harvest this year.

The City of Aledo and the Segura River Basin have been working on finding a solution to the situation through, and has made a study of the possible locations for a new well in case necessary, that would be valid both the area of ​​"El Gallo" as to the irrigation area of ​​"El Grillo" regardless of the replacement wells.

Also being studied another set of alternatives and possibilities with the CHS to try to get the water from different places and ways to the mountain area, on an emergency basis and temporarily to solve this serious problem.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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