Is tap water safe to consume?

Embalse del Amadorio Credit: Kathleen Misson

Within the past few months, many residents of Teulada-Moraira and Benitachell have been filing complaints about the poor state of tap water.

Many locals who have a drinking water filtration system installed shared that the water has recently been tasting “salty”, despite its supposed filtration. Some mentioned that it even appears a different colour at times. 

This year, Benitachell City Council made an announcement about the decrease in rains and the subsequent lack of water resources; “We are in a very serious situation.”

The Council admitted that the water reservoirs of the Teulada-Benitachell Consortium are suffering from the intrusion of seawater and highlighted; “The situation is worse in the summer season due to the increase in population and demand for water.”

Addressing the issue of safety, the Council stated that the water “does not present any problem for being used for hygiene,” however, the Council is currently waiting for the results from Hidraqua about the safety for human consumption.

The Council allocated funds to tackle this issue, “for an amount exceeding €3 million,” yet stated that the funds “will not be finalised by the end of 2025 due its technical complexity.”

Photos of the Embalse del Amadorio, inland from Villajoyosa, have recently been shared, highlighting the difference from October of 2022 and May 2024; these show that the water level has gone down at least 80 per cent in the region.

Considering this, the local Council may have to collaborate with the nearing municipalities to mix water and possibly implement new measures to increase the water supply.

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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.