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Regional government confident of enough water to supply Malaga province for two years

Carmen Crespo and de la Torre last Friday at El Limonero.
Carmen Crespo and de la Torre last Friday at El Limonero. / M. Fernández
  • The Junta de Andalucía says that a report will be finished by early February to ask central government to bypass water from Iznájar to Antequera

The regional minister for Agriculture, Farming, Fishing and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, has given assurances that the province's reservoirs have enough water to supply the population for two years. Crespo was speaking during a visit to see the work the Junta de Andalucía is carrying out at Malaga's El Limonero reservoir last Friday.

The minister's comments come at a time when Malaga's water reserves total 346.4 cubic hectometres, 133 down on this time last year (479 hm3). Crespo added that no restrictions need to be enforced at the moment and said, "If there were difficulties in water supply, we would act immediately."

The minister was joined by Malaga mayor Francisco de la Torre to see the work which is being carried out to repair damage to the Guadalmedina river caused by heavy rain and wind in September last year.

Crespo acknowledged that the situation is "difficult" due to the recent lack of rain but said she was confident that it would rain in the coming months.

The minister also announced that a report by the Junta de Andalucía would be finalised by early February for the central government to approve a bypass from the Iznájar reservoir in Cordoba to Antequera. The project has been in the pipeline for a number of years but has not started yet due to the amount of red tape preventing it from getting under way.

Crespo added that the Junta is carrying out repair work to 179 rivers and waterways in Andalucía, of which 41 are in Malaga province.