By Tamsin Brown • 11 August 2022 • 11:13
Water reserves in Axarquia continue to drop, reaching the lowest levels since 2008.
The dwindling water reserves in Axarquia and the rest of Andalucia continue to be one of the region’s most pressing concerns.
The seven reservoirs in Malaga together ended the week of August 1 to 7 at 45 per cent of their capacity, with 278 cubic hectometres of water, according to data from the Junta de Andalucia’s Hidrosur. They are currently storing a total of 16 hectometres less than they were a year ago.
Water reserves in the largest reservoir in the province and the main supplier of drinking water to the Axarquia region, La Viñuela, continue to fall as a result of a drier than usual year that has also considerably reduced the levels of water in the wells and springs that feed the inland regions.
The La Viñuela reservoir is currently at 12.44 per cent of its capacity, with just 20.44 cubic hectometres of the 164 that it can hold, almost half of what it stored at this time last year. Such worrying figures have not been seen since October 2008, when the water reserves at La Viñuela reached an all-time low and it was at only nine per cent of its capacity.
This reservoir, built on almost six kilometres of the river Guaro, collects water from a dozen other tributaries, including the Benamargosa, Alcaucin and Granados rivers. It was created over an area of more than 500 hectares and is almost 100 metres deep, with 60 per cent of its water being used for agricultural purposes. It was inaugurated 36 years ago and was completely filled for the first time in 1998.
By contrast, the reservoir that currently has the most water in terms of volume is the Guadalteba, at 68 per cent, with 103 cubic hectometres of water available out of a total capacity of 153. La Concepción is at 79 per cent, although it is much smaller. The Guadalhorce stands at 35 per cent of its capacity; the Conde del Guadalhorce, at 57 per cent; Casasola, at 54 per cent and Limonero, at 47 per cent.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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The leaders of this region have let us down big time. Desalination plants were needed two decades ago. The leadership in Spain is abysmal – not proactive, no common sense. No intelligence.
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