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Thursday, 8 October 2009

A belated "Happy Second Birthday" to my blog ...



Last Thursday was the second birthday of 'casabill - the blog'. However, I haven't been blogging much of late, largely because I had a guest staying with me here at MCC for a week until Tuesday last and a preoccupation with recent events here at the 'Country Club'. As with the first year of blogging here, it's been another eventful (turbulent?) year for people in Spain and around the world and not least at 'Mazarron Country Club'.

The continuing drought in the south-eastern part of Spain is likely to see further 'adjustments' having to be made in the lives of people in the area and the spheres of economic activity which are practicable here. For example, whereas the Murcia regional government has asked for for a water transfer of 69 cubic hectometres[*] of water from the Tajo (Tagus) to the Segura river system, of which 24.5 would be for general water supply and 44.5 for agricultural irrigation, the Comisión de Explotación del Trasvase Tajo-Segura (the agency which studies and recommends such transfers) is prepared to ask the Government to authorise the transfer of only 49.9 cubic hectometres of water for the three months from October to December (the first quarter of the 'hydrological year'), of which only 25.5 would be for agricultural irrigation, with general water supplies being largely 'protected' with an allocation of 25.4 cubic hectometres. It seems that the Tajo system has only 134 cubic hectometres of useable supply itself so cannot supply all that is required for the Segura system and the Alicante/Murcia areas. No doubt the central Government in Madrid will have some hard decisions to make, which will inevitably leave some unhappy whatever the outcome is.

By all accounts the structural deficit of water in Spain is not going to go away and unfortunately desalination is an expensive alternative; water here is unlikely ever to become plentiful and what is available is probably going to have to be priced at a higher level than it currently is in coming years. Murcia already pays far more for water than the national average throughout Spain and water-supply in the country is already a major political 'hot-potato' as the tone of this highly-charged article (one of many similar I have read) indicates.

[*] A cubic hectometre contains a gigalitre; this is 1 billion litres or 1 million cubic meters. Read more here.

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