Murcia and Valencia told to save water

10th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2006, MADRID – Environment minister Cristina Narbona has warned the Spanish regions Murcia and Valencia to start saving water.

10 August 2006

MADRID – Environment minister Cristina Narbona has warned the Spanish regions Murcia and Valencia to start saving water.

Narbona criticised the regional governments for not introducing water restrictions like Madrid, Catalonia and Andalucia and called on residents in the regions to be responsible.

"Murcia and Valencia have to avoid using water for non-essential purposes", she said.

She wants the local authorities in the two regions to ban the use of water for filling up swimming pools, watering gardens and in fountains.

The reservoir of Tajo-Segura which serves the two regions has lost 42 cubic hectometres in the last week. The reservoir Jucar, which also serves the region, is just 15.3 percent full, the Segura 13.3 percent, Entrepenas and Buendia hardly 10 percent.

Narbona said the situation in Spain is serious since this is the second year of drought.

She understands that Murcia and Valencia are worried about losing tourism in the peak season but insists that other regions with water restrictions have not lost "even a single tourist".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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