Fight for water rights

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Fight for water rights
TAJO-SEGURA WATER: Vital for southern Alicante’s agriculture Photo credit: Elche city hall

THE Vega Baja has Generalitat support in the fight against plans to reduce its supply of Tajo-Segura water.

Regional president Ximo Puig rejected the latest cutback approved by the National Water Commission, announcing that although the Generalitat hoped for mutual agreement, it would fight an unfavourable decision through the courts if necessary.

The Vega Baja’s agricultural growers depend on Tajo-Segura water for their crops and Puig declared that neither the Commission nor the central government should take unilateral decisions that affected the province’s future.

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As well a medium-term 80-cubic hectometre reduction in the amount of water reaching southern Alicante, the Commission – and Madrid – foresee another cut of 70-cubic hectometres for the Tajo’s environmental flow, required to sustain the quality of river water and its ecosystem.

Elche’s mayor Carlos Martinez has also joined the fray.

“I want to express the municipal government’s categorical and emphatic support for the Tajo-Segura water transfers to Alicante province and the Campo de Elche,” Martinez declared.


“We also back growers’ proposals that the Spanish government should halt any modification to the regulations until the Tajo Basin’s Water Plan has been approved,” the mayor added.

“This water is essential for Campo de Elche agriculture and cannot be renounced or substituted.”


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Linda Hall
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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