THE Javea fires in early September affected homes and woodland but also had repercussions on the local water supply.
Figures from municipally owned Amjasa, which supplies Javea’s water, show that during the first week of September the town used an extra 8.5 million litres of water. In neighbouring Benitachell, whose urbanisations were also devastated by the same fire, water consumption rose by 22 per cent compared with the same period in 2015.
When the fire was at its height, the electricity supply was cut and Amjasa lost contact with its pumping stations and one of the water deposits, employees had to go backwards and forwards to the main installation to ensure that water levels were maintained and the deposits were not empty at any time.
They also monitored excessive consumption caused by leaks, and Amjasa has now replaced 35 water meters damaged by the fire.
The company has already received complaints from householders regarding water consumption while the fires raged and expects many more as further bills are issued, an Amjasa spokesman said.