Ecologists reject desalination plant

Desalination Plant in Lanzarote

The Cabinet for Nature Studies (GENA-Ecologists in Action) has voiced its opposition to the installation of a water desalination plant in Axarquía, which would help to alleviate the water shortage in the region.
It is understood that the plant would provide water for the sub-tropical farmers in the area, the plantations currently relying on rain water for irrigation. GENA have said that the plant should be a “last resort” solution warning that it could result in more farms and ultimately a collapse in the total water supply in the area.
Spokesperson, Rafael Yus said: “desalination should only be considered once more sustainable routes have been exhausted.” Continuing he said “we would like to see more efficient use of irrigation, stopping water loss, using tertiary reclaimed water and the replacement of the current irrigation systems with others that have a lower water consumption.”
GENA acknowledge that the plant may become a reality in time but believe that the high costs of such a system will impact negatively on an already marginal agricultural sector.


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