Fears that Spain’s Rio Seco river could dry up

RIVER SECO: Transformed since 2011 Photo credit: Juan Carlos Molina Gimenez

AGRICULTURAL growers will soon receive recycled water that until now was discharged into the River Seco.

They have been asking for this water since the San Juan treatment plant opened in 2011 but a pipeline linking it to the Pantanet irrigation deposit in Muchamiel was omitted from the original plans.

The regional government’s Agriculture and Environment department has now put construction of a €1.6 million pipeline out to tender, prompting Campello town hall to ask the Institute of Coastal Ecology for help.


San Juan and Muchamiel growers consider that the San Juan water has been wasted for the last seven years but Campello town hall points out that this water has transformed the lower reaches of River Seco.

Campello’s Environment department is asking the Institute to assess how much water is needed to prevent the river and its banks from reverting to their former arid state.

It will also approach the Confederacion Hidrografica del Jucar, which controls the area’s waterways and rivers, asking for an environmental flow to maintain the existing ecosystem.

Although the treatment plant functions at half-capacity, approximately 5 million litres of water flow down the lower section of the Rio Seco to the sea each day.

Previously as dry as its name, the river now supports wildlife and 47 species of birds and Campello town hall wants assurance that there will be enough water to ensure that they are not affected once the pipeline is built.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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