The City Council of Castalla has started the construction of a water well in a different aquifer for the catering urban. The project, as reported by municipal sources, has a bid budget of 115,000 euros and is paid for by the Alicante Provincial Council, and will allow the Consistory to eliminate the water deficit suffered by the locality. The equipment will be located in what is known as Sierra Tella, where the Provincial Council, according to the same sources, had cataloged the large spring with the name “La Conejera” or “El Conejo”.
The County Council expected to find water at a depth of 400 meters and calculated that the spring would have a volume of 250,000 cubic meters per year, a figure that, according to the City Council, roughly coincides with the water deficit that Castalla suffers. However, when the drilling company’s work reached a depth of 80 meters, a large amount of water began to flow, which is why the technicians estimate that the capacity of the aquifer may be even greater. The mayor of the town, Antonio Bernabeu, has described the finding as “news from utmost importance, very positive “, which” will help to reverse the current water deficit and prevent the depletion of the rest of the springs in our environment.
The technicians of the provincial institution have also indicated that it is a water of great chemical quality and purity, after the first measurements. The mayor congratulated himself on the latter, but at the same time he preferred to be cautious and “wait for the analysis of the responsible company to reveal the exact quality of the fluid that flows from the aquifer.”
The next steps of the project, once the excavation tasks are finished in about three months, are to seal the well and build a reservoir to store the water that flows from the aquifer. In this regard, Bernabeu has assured that “the reservoir will be located in a field near the aquifer of the Sierra Tella, so that we can transport the fluid to the drinking water distribution network with the minimal energy expenditure, thanks to the force of gravity itself ”. A considerable amount of foam can be seen right now in the area where the water well is being surveyed. According to municipal sources, this is due to the use of biodegradable foaming agent by the responsible company, which helps to extract the waste produced during the drilling work, and is not at all harmful in the areas where the spill ends.
Castalla is currently supplied with drinking water from two wells: the “Voltes II”, built in 2001 in the aquifer of the same name, and the “Cantarina”, from 2007 and which draws its water from the Maigmó aquifer. The Voltes aquifer is in water balance, while the Maigmo is slightly overexploited. With the incorporation of the new “El Conejo” well, according to the same sources, it will be possible to extract the flow equivalent to the overexploitation of the Maigmó aquifer in order to balance it.
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