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Axarquía growers face 25 per cent cut in water from La Viñuela

A water reserve used by growers in the Axarquía.
A water reserve used by growers in the Axarquía. / SUR
  • Worrying lack of rainfall leaves La Viñuela reservoir at less than a third of its capacity

The Axarquía's agricultural community was told in a communication from Andalucía's regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, on Monday, of a 25 per cent cut in their water supply from La Viñuela reservoir as of November.

The restriction is due to a severe lack of rainfall in the previous hydraulic year, leaving the reservoir at just 51.5 cubic hectometres; less than a third of its 165.4 cubic hectometre capacity. In real terms this means a cut from 4,000 to 3,000 cubic metres per hectare per year.

Government spokesperson, Alejandro Clavero, justified the cuts saying they "guarantee water resources for next summer when demand will be higher." The situation will be reviewed in January 2020 and could be reversed if there is sufficient rainfall before then.