Tuesday, May 24

Madrid wants 60 hm3 from the Tagus that would reduce the drinking water in Alicante and Murcia by half

The penultimate stone against the Tajo-Segura transfer. The Community of Madrid has recovered an old project, and so it appears in the Tagus hydrological plan project, in order to capture 60 hm3 from the Entrepeñas and Buendía reservoirs and thus guarantee, completely, the future water supply of autonomy. If approved at the end of the year, it would leave, this time definitively, the Tagus water transfer.

Regarding the sending of water for irrigation in Alicante and Murcia, one hundred percent would be lost., but it also puts the future of the urban supply of the area managed by the Taibilla -35 municipalities in the province of Alicante- condemned to use desalinated water from sea. Adding up all the amounts of water committed (elevation of the ecological flow, modification of the exploitation rules, supply of Castilla-La Mancha and now also of Madrid if it ends up being approved), the transfer it will lose a total of 264 hm3 of water from the Tagus per year of the average of 350 hm3 that reaches Alicante and Murcia every year. Flow that must be supplied by desalination.

Vice President Teresa Ribera summons the irrigators in Madrid this afternoon to try to calm things down


Of this amount, 200 hm3 are for agriculture and 150 hm3 for supply, which is a priority, but now it will also be compromised, since a total deficit of 64 hm3 is generated that must be supplied by the desalination plants, with which the farmers they must replace the entire flow with desalting.

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The Canal de Isabel II project, the management of drinking water in Madrid, aims to raise the Entrepeñas water to a tank and from there take it to a water treatment plant in Colmenar Viejo to treat the water at a rate of 16 m3 per second, which, according to the engineers Francisco Cabezas, director of the Euro-Mediterranean Water Institute, and Ángel Urbina, would deliver the coup de grace definitive upon transfer.

In this framework, the Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has convened this Wednesday the irrigators to a meeting in Madrid to try to find a solution after meeting last week the intentions of the Confederation of the Tagus. While irrigators were assured that the increase in Ecological flow of the river in Aranjuez will be gradual, it will not reach 8.6 m3 / second until 2027 and that in 2022 the increase will be 1 m3 / second, the truth is that the forecasts are very different in the document made public by the Hydrographic Confederation of the Block. Specifically, and with respect to the ecological flows of the river in Aranjuez, four scenarios are drawn according to the quarters of the year.

Between October and December 7.9 m3 / second; between January and March, 10.9 m3 per second; between April and June, 9.1 m3 / second and from July to September, 7.2 m3 / second. Adding all the quantities gives an average of 8.52 m3 / second since the approval of the plan. All subject, however, to the negotiation announced for the next six months. And all at the expense of what Minister Ribera transfers today to some farmers that since Monday the 21st they feel “humiliated” by the Ministry, in the words of Lucas Jiménez, president of the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tajo-Segura, who returns to the Ministry this afternoon.

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Mazón threatens to take the province out to the streets in defense of the transfer

The president of the Diputación says that the Government’s reports are false and announces allegations

The Provincial Council will present allegations against the draft of the Tagus Hydrological Plan, considering that the technical reports falsify the hydrological reality. President, Carlos Mazon, chaired yesterday the technical commission of the water and did not rule out, either, to present a contentious-administrative appeal if finally the plan promoted by the Government goes ahead, in addition to “going out to defend the transfer in a clear and forceful way.” Mazón stressed that “in the defense of the transfer, reason assists us and it is not a tantrum, nor a complaint of a territory, nor a measure of lack of solidarity. With the defense of the transfer we are, precisely, fighting against climate change and favoring the environment and sustainability.

The president also expressed his “tiredness at the lies of those who say that the transfer will continue when only drops fall from the tap. We are facing an irreversible process of definitively closing this infrastructure. Every month that passes, with each decision that is made, the tap is increasingly turned off. It is no longer worth them to tell us that the transfer is inalienable. In five or six years the transfer is going to die ». Mazón insisted that with the death of the transfer “the first desert in Europe will be created and the orchard of Europe will end, with the future of many families and with the future of Alicante, Murcia and Almería.”

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For his part, the coordinator of the commission and professor and director of the Water Institute of the University of Alicante, Joaquín Melgarejo, explained that the allegations will question the methodology used to set environmental flows in which, in his opinion, they have been ignored the reports that have been prepared from different academic and technical institutions. «It is not necessary to increase the ecological flow in the Tagus above 6 m3 per second. The increase has social and economic effects of the first magnitude in the receiving basin, because each cubic meter per second that is increased in Aranjuez means 31.5 hm3 less per year that they come to the Segura basin ».


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