Storms leave 200 BILLION litres of rainfall in Andalucia's reservoirs

TOPPED UP: Water levels in reservoirs across the province have increased by more than 200 billion litres following rainfall from storms TOPPED UP: Water levels in reservoirs across the province have increased by more than 200 billion litres following rainfall from storms Junta de Andalucia

ANDALUCIA’S Environment Ministry is set to review the region’s water supply following rainfall in the region which left BILLIONS of litres of more water in its reservoirs.

Jose Fiscal, the Junta’s Environment spokesperson, said a positive result of recent storms was that water reserves in the region had increased by more than 200 billion litres.

“This is excellent news because some of the measures included in the most restrictive Drought Decree will now not be as harsh.

“These included the reduced availability of water for the Costa del Sol or the availability for irrigation in the Axarquia de Malaga,” he said.

He added that the Decree was dynamic and the Ministry would have to see how things progressed before it decided which measures to include in it.

“It is not going to be necessary to apply any measure in the case of supply to the Costa del Sol. As for irrigation the restrictions will certainly be much less demanding than those proposed before,” he said.

The Junta said in a statement that additional water reserves would allow authorities to change the measures current in force regulating the use of the existing supply in Malaga province.

It could also be possible to restart the transfer of water from Negratin to Almanzora in order to guarantee the east of Almeria’s supply, the statement said.

The Junta added it would continue to manage the water supply with prudence in case a lack of rain later in the year requires the use of reserves.

Joe Gerrard

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