The Junta de Andalucía on Wednesday announced an allocation of 1.7 million euros for emergency works to introduce recycled water for irrigation in the Axarquía region.
The Andalusian government will improve wastewater treatment in four plants in Vélez-Málaga, Torrox and Rincón de la Victoria to provide between eight and ten cubic hectometres per year to subtropical crops. The work is due to finish in spring 2022.
The project will benefit subtropical fruit growers in the Axarquía, especially those in Almáchar, Benamargosa, El Borge, Comares, Cútar, Iznate, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Totalán, Algarrobo, Torrox and Nerja.
La Viñuela reservoir is in a situation of severe drought, at less than 20 per cent of its capacity. Experts warn that if there is no significant rainfall in the coming months, the reservoir, which supplies 14 municipalities and a large part of the subtropical sector, could become a desert, an image never seen in the three decades since it was built.
The works have already been awarded and will begin in the next few days.