SANTANYÍ, Campos and Ses Salines in Mallorca, Spain, have joined forces to demand that a new desalination plant is built to guarantee a supply of drinking water in the municipalities.
Desalination is the removal of salt and impurities from seawater to produce a fresh supply suitable for drinking and irrigation. Through a reverse osmosis system, seawater is passed through a pre-treatment filter that removes large and small particles.
Maria Pons, the Mayor of Santanyí, has presented her request for the new plant to Joana Maria Garau, the Director General of Water Resources of the Ministry of Environment. Pons asks that a plant is built to improve the quality of water in the municipality, which is currently poor, through a system that will “help raise the water levels of the wells to allow for a potable supply.”
Pons states that Ses Salines and Campos do not have poor quality water but that Mayors Juan Rodríguez and Xisca Porquer are concerned about the issue affecting their municipalities in the future and are aware that Santanyí’s water supply is inadequate.
The City Council of Santanyí also asks that the government speeds up their project to connect the island’s water network to Sa Marineta so that a pipeline can also reach the municipality. Work has already been carried out to connect Maria de la Salut to Petra and is expected to extend to Manacor during this term.
As Euro Weekly News understands, whilst the work is bring completed the council has launched initiatives to provide residents with better quality water such as the construction of a pipeline from Santanyí to Es Llombards.