Officials look to tackle Benitachell’s water crisis

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OFFICALS in Benitachell are looking into the possibility of raising water from wells in the municipality as the lack of rainfall, extreme hot weather plus increased consumption continues to stretch the provision of water in the area.
After five days of water restrictions in Benitachell normal service has now been resumed, but for how long?
When Amjasa ceased providing Benitachell and Teulada with water recently, Hidraqua the water company for the area, had to find an extra 2000 cubic metres per day. By drawing water from wells at Lluca they managed to supply the area and restrictions were lifted. However, the water had a high salt content combined with the presence of chlorides. The town hall advised that children and the elderly, as well as anyone else with medical or personal sensitivities, should not drink the water.
The mayor of Benitachell, Josep Femenia, said that although restrictions have been lifted the situation was very fragile as consumption had increased with the start of the summer season: a burst pipe or pumping malfunction would lead to further restrictions.
The mayors of the two municipalities agreed that the proposed salvation by Javea’s desalination plant did not arrive. They said they did not want to rely on a third party for essential services like water supply and they intended to look into plans to become self-sufficient. Although restrictions have been lifted, all municipalities in the area have advised consumers not to use water for non-essential tasks and to be vigilant regarding leaks and drips.

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