The PSPV socialist group of Alicante has called on Spain´s central government to implementation the desalination plants in Torrevieja and Mutxamel, in order to alleviate the urgent problems that the province of Alicante faces during the current drought.
Provincial deputy secretary of the PSOE, Herick Campos, said this week that the “paralysis” of the program aimed at providing clean water in the area is unacceptable and the province is about to face a particularly bad time unless urgent action is taken, which could so easily have been avoided if the government of Mariano Rajoy had not caused the “delay in commissioning of the desalination plants”.
Campos stressed that the drought has not only had “consequences for rain-fed crops”, but it has also affected citrus, which has resulted in an increase in production costs, which can only be absorbed by higher prices to the consumer.
Campos also says that the immediate implementation of the plants would avoid depleting underground reserves, which are limited, or taking water away from other industries, and even restrictions on consumption.
Campos also pointed out that the previous socialist governments invested 2,119 million euro in the expansion of the Alicante II desalination plant and San Pedro del Pinatar, the transfer network at Jucar Vinalopó, improving water channels in Taibilla, and the modernization of irrigation systems.
Earlier this year, the Constitutional Court annulled an agreement set out in March 2007 that ordered the paralysation of construction to finish the desalination plant in Torrevieja. The plant was set to be a flagship project, becoming the largest such facility in the whole of Europe, and the second largest in the world, but was fraught with political debate, claims of over budgeting and waste and environmental concerns.
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