THE common image of people filling up hundreds of containers with water at the public fountains in Berja is to come to an end.
The town council, following the municipal regulation for citizens’ coexistence approved during the last term in office, has asked Local Police to keep an eye on citizens collecting water in the public fountains, making sure that they do not go above the limit, which has been settled at 30 litres per person, per day.
This motion was put forward as, especially during the weekends, dozens of vans and cars, most of them from outside the town, are seen filling up several containers in the Cerillo districts were the Almez and Oro fountains are located, according to the area’s neighbours.
These situations have caused great outrage amongst residents as they complain about the overuse of the town’s natural sources of water, the bad condition in which the surroundings of the fountains are left and the traffic trouble they also cause.
“We are not trying to prevent people from collecting water but we cannot have one person with 100 or even 200 containers blocking the access to the fountain for the rest of the residents,” said deputy mayor, Jose Carlos Lupion. He also asked: “Why do they want so much water? It cannot be for the consumption of a single family.”
The new measure has been received with relief by neighbours who had grown increasingly upset over what they considered an ‘abuse’. Several information signs have been placed to inform how much water it is permitted to take, with fines that could go up to €750 for anyone who surpasses the limit. Local Police has already filed several official reports against ‘water-hoarders,’ according to the council.