Green light for pools this summer

Pools can be filled this summer

Pools can be filled this summer Photo: Shutterstock / Pavel / Junta de Andalucia

SWIMMING pools will be able to be filled this summer. The spokesman of the Andalucian Government has finally pronounced the words that the residents of the Costa del Sol have been waiting to hear for months.

Minister for Sustainability, Ramón Fernández-Pacheco of the Junta de Andalucia announced on Tuesday May 7 that, “The filling of swimming pools will be allowed this summer in Malaga Province”.

The rains of Easter has allowed the relaxation of measures and after several meetings with the mayors, the Junta has given the green light to the filling of pools on urbanisations and private properties throughout the province.

Ramón Fernández-Pacheco
Ramón Fernández-Pacheco

“The idea was always that the Junta should try to coordinate a series of uniform measures”, said the Minister. However, it should be noted, that individual Town Halls still have the final decision and are waiting to see the detail in writing before giving the definitive go ahead to open pools for the summer.

For the avoidance of doubt however, whilst the will of the Junta has been expressed verbally, until such time as this decision is published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía (BOJA), those who do fill their pools could be in technical breach of the rules.

This easing of restrictions will not change the amount of water per person per day allowed by the drought committee: in the province of Malaga there are areas in which water consumption per person per day is still restricted to 180, 200 or 225 litres depending on the area and the local councils.

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Kevin Fraser Park

Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.