Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett

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.

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