Re­think needed on water man­age­ment, say ecol­o­gists

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By Dave Jones EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL as­so­ci­a­tion Green­peace has claimed that the poor man­age­ment of water – as well as cli­mate change – has led to the cur­rent drought cri­sis in Spain.

The ecol­o­gists have ac­cused the govern­ment of bas­ing man­age­ment of the pre­cious re­source on it be­ing an ‘un­lim­ited’ as­set which will al­ways be avail­able, when the op­po­site is the case.

Green­peace spokesman Julio Barea said: “Mea­sures to com­bat water short­ages should be in­tro­duced dur­ing pe­ri­ods of abun­dant rain­fall us­ing so­lu­tions which have been sug­gested by sci­en­tists and ex­perts – and keep­ing politi­cians out of the equa­tion.

“We have got to in­tro­duce poli­cies to save water and stop wastage, as well op­ti­mis­ing the re­sources that we have.”

Sr Barea noted that Spain is the coun­try with most reser­voirs per capita in the world – a to­tal of 1,300 – and 214 new dams have been con­structed on rivers in the last two decades.

De­spite this, water short­ages still oc­cur dur­ing pe­ri­ods of lim­ited rain­fall.

He added that by fight­ing against the pol­lut­ing of water, the govern­ment would be able to make more re­sources avail­able, rather than build­ing more reser­voirs. Pol­lu­tion comes prin­ci­pally from in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture and ‘in­dus­trial’ live­stock farm­ing prac­tices, he noted.

Green­peace also high­lighted that the theft of water is oc­cur­ring on a mas­sive scale in Spain. Ac­cord­ing to the ecol­o­gists, there are 500,000 il­le­gal wells or sys­tems which tap water re­sources around the coun­try which the au­thor­i­ties are turn­ing a blind eye to.

Fig­ures from the Se­gura river author­ity (CHS) showed that reser­voirs in the basin were at 14% of to­tal ca­na­tion­ally, pac­ity at the be­gin­ning of this week, down from 23% at the same time last year.

In the Jú­car basin, reser­voirs were at 26% of to­tal ca­pac­ity.

Fig­ures pro­vided by the govern­ment show that, reser­voirs are at 38.9% of to­tal ca­pac­ity, the low­est fig­ure since 2006.

The govern­ment needs 'sci­en­tific so­lu­tions' to tackle the drought

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