With this modification, agreed last Tuesday by the Council of Ministers, when the Entrepeñas and Buendía reservoirs are at level 2, the maximum amount to be transferred from the head of the Tagus will be 27 hm3, compared to the 38 hm3 that could be transferred until now, in order, according to the Ministry, “to guarantee the stability of the system.”
The proclamation of the Castilian-La Mancha president was not answered by the Consell, which yesterday opted for a low profile again. Mireia Mollà, the Minister of Agriculture, visiting Elche, on a topic about a treatment plant, said nothing and the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, who had the opportunity to meet García Page at the conference of presidents in Salamanca – unknown if he said something- neither. Presidential sources stressed that the step had been taken by preparing an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Who did respond to García Page was Ángel Urbina, president of the SAT Enrique, irrigator of the Tajo-Segura and engineer who participated in the elaboration of the exploitation rules in force until this week. “Castilla-La Mancha has never lacked water, not even in the most marked droughts in Spain. The leaders of his community from Bono, to Barreda … have grown older by putting water as a vital issue of identity in their land, when it is not a fault in their territories. Castilla-La Mancha has received more than 465 million euros to compensate for the water from the transfer and solve its water problems, and they have spent it on other things ». Urbina stressed that “you cannot have 40 years in the riverside towns of Entrepeñas and Buendía without running water, and tell them that it is because of the transfer. That is manipulating and deceiving them.
Urbina went a little further and pointed out that “as the circulating flow through the river increases, the Entrepeñas and Buendía reservoirs will be emptying. That water that goes through the Tagus to Aranjuez will not be used by any farmer in his community. The president of San Enrique reiterated that “the increase in water in Aranjuez will not dilute the poor quality flow that the Jarama and Guadarrama have.”
For his part, Lucas Jiménez, president of the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tajo-Segura, was not far behind. “He is an arsonist who what he does is throw cubes of hatred on the bonfire of his vanity.” Javier Berenguer, president of Riegos de Levante, is clear: “We will have to see how García Page is achieving it because, if he succeeds without technical arguments, it will be that he is achieving it politically.”
The increase in the ecological flow of the Tagus threatens 21,000 jobs
A new report from the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tagus-Segura warns that the increase in the ecological flow in the Tagus will mean a reduction of 30% in agricultural production and the loss of some 21,500 jobs. The calculation, based on the increase in the ecological flow of the Tagus as it passes through Aranjuez to 8.5 m3 / second, shows that it would be cut by 100 hm3, 50% lower than current shipments. This amount would have an impact on a decrease in economic production of 870 million euros, equivalent to 1.5% of the total, taking into account the direct (538 million), indirect (137 million) and induced (194 million) impacts.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.