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The People's Party introduced a motion on measures to alleviate the problems of water deficit (23/10/2014)

The Popular Party has raised a motion in Parliament to urge the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, through the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura (CHS) itself, to regularize the dry land, extending the irrigation zone established in this county.

In the same motion requested the Government of Spain to perform with the necessary time, a National Hydrological Plan to remedy prices desalination plants as complementary to the risks of the Tajo-Segura measures, which are excessive and unaffordable .

Similarly, calls to urge the Segura basin to open the dry wells to meet the water needs of rainfed crops in our municipality.

The motion of PP collects infrastructures are completed in desalination plants to reach all the areas that need it as complementary water resources.

Remember that thanks to the great effort of almost 100% of the irrigators have been modernized irrigation Murcia with aid of the various administrations, making efficient and effective use of water flows into the cultures, which has led us to be Region who has professional and technologically advanced innovative farmers while doing one of the most important agriculture in the European Union, and even globally.

The repeal of the Ebro, the growing opposition to the transfers from the Tagus and the reduction of the flow and quality of water initially planned, is determining that desalination and wastewater reuse generating activities represent flow of water to keep absolutely essential and promote economic and social development of the region.

This situation directly affects the producer, but the whole sector as stores, chain handling, transport and laborers, among other links in the chain.

The cost of water desalination plants affects not only farmers but also to the rate that municipalities need to charge more expensive to supply users with reduced natural flows.

Currently, the Commonwealth Taibilla Channel (MCT) caters to 79 municipalities in the region and the province of Alicante.

The supply network occupies about 11,000 square kilometers.

This organism has 4 desalination plants: two in San Pedro del Pinatar and two in Alicante;

it will add to that projected in Águilas.

In any case, citizens are Murcia, along with canaries, pay the most for water.

Desalination is a viable and competitive alternative in certain conditions, so its use has spread in recent years, both for domestic use and industrial and agricultural.

Although at present, the use of desalinated water for irrigation of fields is almost unusual because the cost of agricultural water from the desalination plant is 0.3 euros per cubic meter at plant, to which must be added the distribution costs to the crops, which is unworkable and unsustainable.

In this situation the cost of water desalination plants for irrigation, the difficulties faced by farmers in rainfed crops Totana that can not cope with crops for water and huge impediments sanctions Segura basin bind to build their businesses.

The City Council and the Community Irrigation Totana have already asked to mediate with the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura (CHS) itself, to regularize the dry land, extending the irrigation zone established in this county, with so that the dry land where irrigation has been cultivating pass, and that sanctions are causing farmers in lowland districts, as Paretón and Raiguero, and high de la Huerta and Sierra.

Totana supplies water for irrigation in the area of ​​the transfer from the channel corresponding Guadalentin river north of the town-in the direction of the city center and the Sierra de Espuña- and another from the river to the lower districts.

It is this last area, which covers an area of ​​approximately 6,000 hectares, which is not supplied or you can water the transfer because it is outside the irrigation perimeter, whose owners have been receiving sanctions CHS to extract more water from wells which are authorized for the maintenance of their crops.

With the expansion of this field of irrigation, it is intended to solve a historical problem in the municipality with a better service to offer supply to farmers in these agricultural areas of Totana.

Source: PP Totana. Foto: archivo

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