The Axarquía really started to feel the effects of the drought last week when around 10 communities of growers had their water supply cut off. Restrictions were established at the beginning of December, meaning that growers of crops such as mangoes and avocados have been restricted to just 40 per cent of their usual water supply from La Viñuela reservoir.
The restrictions apply for the next hydraulic year which will end on 31 September 2018 and has come about because of the drought declared in October when the reservoir was at just 23 per cent of its full capacity. The lack of rainfall in recent years, as well as the demand for water from the booming tropical fruit industry, has led to the current situation. Growers will be able to resume watering in January but will still be at risk of having supplies cut off again should they continue to exceed their quotas.