THE central government has authorised a 10-cubic hectometre water transfer from the Tajo-Segura pipeline for Almeria, Murcia and Alicante. The much-needed transfer will bring water to their 2.5 million inhabitants and cover the needs of Castilla-La Mancha, the Environment ministry announced.
The inland autonomous region has opposed the transfer, claiming that if this amount of water were to be released from the Entrepeñas and Buendia reservoirs in Guadalajara and Cuenca its own needs would not be covered.
It threatened this summer to challenge the transfer and it appeared that another “water war” like those of the 1990s was brewing.
Undeterred, the government has gone ahead, citing earlier agreements that transfers could go ahead while as the Entrepeñas and Buendia reserves did not fall below 304 cubic hectometres.
At present they contain 351.57 hectometres, prompting Madrid to give the go ahead.