The Town Hall of Marbella will reduce by 20% the washing of the streets and the irrigation of public gardens to save water resources at the municipal level, as well as use non-potable water from wells to carry out both activities, as reported this Wednesday by the mayor, Ángeles Muñoz.

This has been announced by the councilor after the first meeting of the Drought Board, in which the mayor of Parks and Gardens, Diego López, the head of the Acosol service, Sergio Martín, or the person in charge of Hidralia in the area, Fulgencio Díaz, among others, have participated.

The table has adopted a number of measures to save 10% of water, as established by the decree of drought of the Junta de Andalucía on the Costa del Sol, although Muñoz has specified that of this percentage the City Council already has “more than 5%” due to the improvements produced in the supply network. In this sense, he recalled the commitment to “digitization for the detection of leak points”, which has allowed the Hidralia concessionaire to save “850,000 cubic meters” in the last year.

Reduction of washing down and irrigation of gardens

In this way, the reduction of water used for washing down and irrigation of gardens and public spaces is one of the main measures that have been adopted this Wednesday, which “is going to drop by more than 20% in this first phase”, although it could reach 50%, as well as its frequency will be reduced, has specified the first mayor Added to this is the use that the Consistory will make of “non-potable water wells detected in different parts of the municipality” to undertake these maintenance tasks.

As for the garden watering, has detailed that “it will be limited so that it is not daily, but that it is done two or three days a week.” “There are some areas that can lower the intensity of irrigation, and instead of making it more frequent, the intensity will be lowered, and therefore, we will have the opportunity to lower that consumption without losing our essence of a public garden.”

In it washdown casethe mayoress has indicated that “the frequency is going to go down”, remarking that “we will have to combine that the city is clean, because non-potable water is also going to be used, with the intensity that at one time is decisive”.

Muñoz has pointed out that in the city there are several wells and some had not been put into operation for a long time”, which will be promoted by Hidralia and Acosol. Specifically, he has indicated that the non-potable water that will be used for irrigation and flushing of public areas will come from one located in Marbella that is “operational” and has “enough capacity”.

“Our objective is -to save- that 10% that we have already practically achieved in a substantial part, since we were at almost 8%, and with the two measures that we are going to take from the decrease in irrigation and flushing, and also the use of wells, we will exceed 10% ”, has explained.

awareness campaign

On the other hand, Muñoz has advanced that the Consistory will immediately implement a “awareness campaign”, highlighting that “The percentage of water consumed by the municipal area is around 6% of the total” for the entire municipality, for which reason it has requested “absolute collaboration and awareness” from the citizens, making an impact on the “urbanizations”.

The initiative will be carried out “through the media and the spaces themselves with stickers”, in order that “it translates into the use that each individual makes of water”. In addition, it has added that the municipal proclamation that is issued will establish that the private estates and gardens They must assume, “as within the public sphere, a decrease in the intensity of irrigation and flushing.” About the swimming pools, Muñoz recalled that the Junta de Andalucía “speaks that they should not be filled in, both in the public and private spheres.”

Beach showers will not be cut off

On the other hand, Muñoz has stressed that The water from the showers on the beaches or from the fountains will not be cut off located on public roads for consumption, while with respect to ornamentals, he has stressed that all “are from recycled water, and therefore, have no consumption.”

“It is minimal what it supposes in the total consumption the showers issue has valued the municipality, who has butted thatMarbella has approximately a consumption that can be in 1.8 million cubic meters per year”, for which he has remarked that cutting off the water in these elements of the coast It can have a negative rather than a positive effect.

For his part, the Councilor for Parks and Gardens explained that “Reducing the cleaning does not mean that we are going to clean fewer streets, Rather, we are going to use a series of machinery available to the City Council”, so “it is going to be redirected so that it has less consumption” of water.

At this point, he has indicated that instead of using tanker trucks, “it will be used dispersal machinery and with much less water you will be able to wash many more spaces”. To this he added that the non-potable water from the wells “will generate almost 60% of all these trucks”, as well as “we are going to reduce the intensity of the flushing by 20%”, so that “instead of flushing 10 trucks , they are going to flush 9”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *