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.
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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