Don’t turn off the Vega Baja’s tap!

Don't turn off the Vega Baja's tap!
BENFERRI VISIT: Ximo Puig heard the views of local politicians and agricultural growers Photo credit: Benferri town hall

XIMO PUIG, president of the Generalitat, declared at the weekend that theTajo-Segura water was “absolutely non-negotiable.”

He was speaking in Benferri where he visited a water deposit belonging to the local Community of Irrigators who need the water that arrives via the Tajo-Segura pipeline for their crops.

This water generated €3 billion of Spain’s Gross Domestic Product and 105,000 jobs, Puig pointed out.


Guaranteeing water for the Vega Baja and Alicante was fundamental, he continued, although the central government planned to slash their allocation.

“We shall work with as many people as possible to convince them that we cannot give up the Tajo-Segura water and we must do this knowing that there are others who don’t think the same way,” the Generalitat president said.

“We are not in favour of confrontation or partisanship but we are in favour of overcoming a situation that could ultimately create instability where irrigators and growers suffer most.”

Puig revealed that he intended to meet Pedro Sanchez, president of the central government who, like him, belongs to the PSOE party.

“I’m going to work, as I’ve been doing from the outset, to stabilise this situation,” he pledged.

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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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