Regional fighting over water supply

INSULTING PROPOSAL: To transfer water from the Rules dam.

INTER-REGIONAL rivalry was on display last week, with the PP in Motril strongly opposing the transfer of water from the area to Malaga. They were responding to a proposal that water from the Rules and Iznajar dams be transferred to municipalities in the Axarquia and the Vega de Antequera areas. 

“Taking this water would be an insult to the farmers of the Granada municipalities who also have intensive farming uses, with need for sufficient guaranteed water,” said the spokeswoman for the PP in Motril, Luisa Maria Garcia Chamorro. 

“We believe that this water is needed in the province of Granada and it is not acceptable that Almuñecar is preparing for a shortage of subtropical crops and the Junta de Andalucia wants to take the water to Malaga.”

Almuñecar’s water shortage has reached severe new levels in past weeks, with farmers warning the local government that they are weeks from disaster.

However, the proposal may still go ahead. Velez-Malaga, who requested water from the Rules dam, have received a positive initial response from the Junta de Andalucia. 

The mayor of Velez-Malaga recently met with the Andalucian authorities in Sevilla. Their case rests on the estimated 10,000 jobs which would be created in the farming industries should the area have access to more water.

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