Your Views – the drought effect

Drought with fire Credit: Alabama Extension, Flickr

In a recent Facebook post by the Euro Weekly News, the readers shared their thoughts on the ongoing drought and its effects on Spanish residents.

This is what the comments revealed.

Lyn Fryer received support for her statement: “20 years here never known such a long period without proper rainfall. I experienced water rationing as a child in the Channel Islands when we lacked an extra reservoir. You really feel for the farmers and with the loss of crops, this will hit the food supply drastically. We all need to conserve our consumption of water drastically.”

Andy McCluskey emphasized the importance of desalination plants, which allow seawater to become drinkable: “It’s about time they built many more desalination plants.”

However, Judish Dominique Wolfenegg mentioned that this doesn´t solve the problem: “We have a desalination plant here on Lanzarote, but had to face huge problems last summer when one of the pipelines broke. No watering of plants, no washing of dishes/clothes, no showers and no toilet flush – awful in the middle of the heatwave.”

Stephanie Maire shared: “Hopefully it will bring the prices down for long-term rentals as people who live and work here can’t find anything that has an affordable price range.” Heath Savage responded: “The prices go up whether there’s drought or not, but never descend.”

In Costa del Sol, water restrictions have now been imposed, prohibiting the filling of private pools and pools in tourist homes, except hotels, sports centres and public facilities. The local business owners protested on the streets of Malaga during the first week of April, claiming that their life income would “go to ruin” with the new ban on private pools.

Some of the comments mentioned this but Heath highlighted that pools may be the least of our problems: “If reduced use of pools is all we have to concern ourselves with, we will be fine.”

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Written by

Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.