Arid Murcia hits out at government water plans

18th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

18 August 2004, MADRID - One of Spain's driest regions has hit out at the central government for failing to come up with adequate measures to replace the scrapping of a mammoth scheme designed to pump water down the arid east coast from the river Ebro.

18 August 2004

MADRID - One of Spain's driest regions has hit out at the central government for failing to come up with adequate measures to replace the scrapping of a mammoth scheme designed to pump water down the arid east coast from the river Ebro.

In his attack, Murcia's Counsellor (Minister) of Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá, accused the government on Wednesday of giving “a false interpretation” of the region's water supplies in its new version of the National Hydrological Plan.

The Ministry of Environment, in pointing to the amount of water currently wasted in Spain, was “not taking into account the enormous effort in modernising watering systems, in purification and in re-using water” being carried out by the Murcia region.

Cerdá said that Environment Minister, Cristina Narbona, had paralysed investment in the water supply system through her decision to cancel the planned pipeline down the east coast from the Ebro.

"Narbona continues to lie and manipulate, with the objective of discrediting the (Murcia) region, when we are one of the leaders in water management,”
he said.

Cerdá called on the Minister to speed up work on the hydrological plan and to stop “marginalising and condemning the future of the Murcia region".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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