Axarquia agricultural growers get their irrigation for the rest of the year without cutbacks thanks to this month’s torrential rainfall

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Levels restored thanks to heavy rain and lower consumption, credit: Frog17

RESTRICTIONS on Axaquia’s irrigation water have now been lifted.

As agricultural growers had hoped, this month’s rainfall of 78.6 millilitres restored levels at the La Viñuela reservoir on which they depend.

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With an additional 11 cubic hectometres entering the dam since the end of March, capacity has now reached 65.7 cubic hectometres.

At the start of the last hydrological year which began on October 1, growers learnt that the Junta’s Agriculture department was cutting their irrigation water, owing to the drought.


Now the department has announced that the reduction has been cancelled, and the growers are to receive the same amount that they received in the previous 2018-2019 water year.

The Demarcacion Hidrografica de las Cuencas Mediterraneas (DHCM), which controls the region’s reservoirs and waterways, announced that it will release 21.7 cubic hectometres between October and September.


Reservoir levels are so improved that the La Concepcion dam has had to release 2 cubic hectometres to maintain its safety levels.

Although much-needed rainfall in the Rio Verde basin has improved the situation, reservoir levels are unusually high at present owing to the Covid-19 virus.

With hotels, bars and restaurants closed, the Costa del Sol is using far less water than usual, easing the usual pressure on the area’s reservoirs.

 

 





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