By Catherine McGeer •
Published: 28 Jan 2024 • 22:41
Axarquía's Water Solution
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AXARQUIA, amidst Málaga’s severe drought, is poised for a transformative solution with the upcoming desalination plant. Facing water restrictions and pressure reductions, the region anticipates relief through a €100 million government-backed initiative. Collaborative efforts between the Andalucian Government and central authorities aim to integrate private technical expertise for a public desalination facility near Vélez-Málaga.
The desalination project comes as an encouraging development for Axarquía‘s agricultural community, a long-standing advocate for water security. Mayor Jesús Lupiáñez has identified a suitable site, that meets both technical and municipal criteria, for the plant’s construction. This venture not only addresses immediate water needs but also aligns with a broader strategy to combat drought.
President Juanma Moreno’s commitment to deploy portable desalination units emphasises the urgency of the situation, aiming to alleviate extreme drought conditions within a year. For Axarquía, this signals a vital step toward ensuring a sustainable and secure water supply, offering a lifeline for agricultural resilience and community well-being.
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I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!
For anyone who has lived in the Middle East, it remains a mystery as to why there appears to be great reluctance to provide potable water in areas here in Spain ( Andalucia and Murcia as examples) subject to water shortages through desalination plants. Anyone the wiser?
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