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Project to guarantee Costa del Sol's long-term water supply to be drawn up

Levels are low at La Concepción reservoir in Marbella.
Levels are low at La Concepción reservoir in Marbella. / Josele
  • The regional government has announced that the drawing up of the project to connect the reservoirs of the Costa and the Campo de Gibraltar has been put out to tender

With La Concepción reservoir near Marbella currently at 39 per cent capacity, the scarce supply of drinking water for the Costa del Sol has been brought into sharp focus once again after a particularly dry summer.

The Junta de Andalucía regional government announced this week that the drawing up of the project to connect the reservoirs of the Costa and the Campo de Gibraltar had been put out to tender. The plan, to create a 23-kilometre-long, 1.1-metre-diameter, pipeline which will guarantee the water supply of half a million people (and significantly more during summer), will be drawn up as a "priority".

Despite the heavy rain of two weekends ago, levels at the small-scale reservoir which serves the western Costa del Sol are currently at 24.3 cubic hectometres, compared to 42.4 at the same time last year.