MORE TOURISTS AND LESS WATER WORRIES FOR JÁVEA
A 'DIFFICULT summer' is on the cards for Jávea with the never-ending drought and a higher-than-usual number of tourists expected this year – and authorities have urged residents to use as little water as they can.
Already, utility board AMJASA fears the supply may run dry before summer is out.
“Just because we have the desalination plant doesn't mean we can waste water,” warned mayor José Chulvi.
Jávea is the only town in the Valencia region where the water supply is 100% publiclyrun rather than coming from a private, profit-making firm, and in wetter seasons has been able to sell water to neighbouring villages.
It has now become the first in Spain to set up a 'Water Observatory', or public discussion forum for residents to help explain their bills and help them cut their consumption.
Jávea's water supply is a pioneer in Spain, and if all its underground pipes were joined together, they would reach halfway to the UK.
At 600 kilometres, the Marina Alta town has as much water pipe structure as a provincial capital city the size of Santander, or half that of Valencia, Spain's third-largest city.