Protecting scarce water resources for safe irrigation

Representatives of the various communities attended Credit: Almuñecar Council

WITH so many farmers congregated on the Costa Tropical, one of the most important natural resources to protect is water which can be used for irrigation in the growing of fruit and vegetables.

It is clearly important that sources of water are neither abused nor allowed to be polluted and a recent meeting took place to create the Central Board of Users of the Rivers Verde, Seco and Jate in order to agree statutes and regulations to govern the situation.

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It was held in the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñecar, under the chairmanship of José Manuel Fernández, who was head of the commission that was elected to draw up the proposed statutes, together with the regulations of the Governing Board and the Irrigation Board.

Representatives of 15 communities (including a number from each of Almuñecar, Jete, Otívar and Lentegí) who need access to irrigation attended the meeting and having agreed terms, it remains only for the Board’s Environmental delegation to give its approval to the proposals, subject to the posting of the information on the public noticeboards of the various Councils involved.

This Board has been in the making for more than a year, but decisions were held up due to the state of alarm surrounding the pandemic and then because there were some errors in the documents originally submitted.

This body will now represent the interests of all the farmers in the Rio Verde region and it will defend their interests in respect of all matters concerned with agricultural irrigation.

Once fully integrated, this Central Boards of Users will become a legally recognised Public Corporation attached to the Hydrographic Confederation of Southern Spain, its territorial scope of action being the territory within the boundaries of the hydrographic basin of the Rivers Verde, Seco and Jate.

This should give some element of comfort to those farmers who need proper and regular irrigation for their crops and it will hopefully discourage those who illegally remove water from the rivers involved from doing so in the future.

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