The future treatment plant of Velez and the extension of the of Marbella-Mijas they will have the money against him covid awarded to Spain by the European Union. This follows from the note sent by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, after the meeting held in Madrid by its owner, Carmen Crespo, and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán.

The counselor showed her “satisfaction” for having “achieved the commitment of more money than Next Generation for water actions in the autonomous community. The agreement will force an adjustment by the central Executive of the items initially allocated to this fund for resilience in order to meet these demands of the autonomous Executive that were not contemplated and that derive from the gravity of scenery of drought suffered on the Costa del Sol.

The idea of ​​desalination was already raised a year ago in the agricultural sector due to the reserves of the Viñuela reservoir. “The future of this city passes through a desalination plant”, assured in October 2021 the mayor of Vélez, Antonio Moreno. On August 1, the councilor urged the two administrations to reach an agreement to start the procedures urgently and with the dam at less than 13% of its storage capacity. A diagnosis shared by the irrigators of the region who see their crops in danger.

The project developed by Municipality of Velez plans to obtain 80 cubic hectometres, with a hydroelectric plant and even a wind farm near the reservoir. The investment, however, is dissuasive since it would imply a cost of 645 million euros. We will have to wait for the detail from the Board’s Agriculture to know what money is available.

The second action to increase water resources in the province refers to the expansion of the Marbella-Mijas desalination plant. In theory, a much simpler infrastructure to run. public company acosol he already stated last spring that it would be more feasible to improve the one in operation in Marbella than to build a new one in Mijas.

The desalination plant It started operating in 1997 and the latest improvements date from 2011 to allow it to obtain about 15 cubic hectometers per year. Now Harassment estimates that with 50 million euros they can improve the treatments of the process to double the current figure.

At the meeting in Madrid, the minister recalled the activation, by the Ministry, of a line of aid of 12.6 million euros for municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants can repair their water networks and prevent water losses, while demanding “funds Next Generation to expand the number of beneficiaries”, according to the note provided.

Carmen Crespo stressed that “it is time” to make a firm commitment to the desalinationwith such necessary works that the State has to carry out, such as doubling the capacity of the Carboneras desalination plant, essential for the province of Almería, as well as carrying out the one in La Axarquía and expanding the one in Marbella-Mijas.

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