Wastewater going to waste, say Bajo Andarax farmers

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ANDARAX: Nearly dry as it reaches the sea.

GROWERS in the Bajo Andarax area northwest of Almeria City are crying out for water.

Meanwhile, around 1.5 cubic hectometres of wastewater finds its way to the Andarax river and eventually to the sea. The Federacion de Regantes de Almeria (Feral) – a federation of growers who use and pay for irrigation water  –  wants the public administrations to step up investment in treating wastewater from upstream towns.

If waste from Rioja, Pechina or Viator were adequately processed this would provide growers with 1.5 cubic hectometres of purified water that could be used for 300 hectares of crops during the growing season.

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This compares favourably with the 1.2 hectometres of water that growers in the Poniente area receive from the Beninar reservoir, they pointed out.

First, however, all these towns will have to be linked to the El Bobar plant which is currently being enlarged precisely for this purpose, a Feral spokesman said.

Not only would this solve problems for the area’s fruit and vegetable growers but it would ease pressure on the province’s subterranean water, he added.

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