Andalucian growers of tropical fruits like as avocados and mangos have seen their water cut by 23% as drought conditions in the La Vinuela reservoir worsen. Despite recent rainfall over the past weeks, the 700 hectare body of water is still well below sustainable capacity, and currently sits at just 26.4%.
Due to this, the La Vinuela agricultural committee have agreed to implement the proposed cuts to the water available for irrigation to the surrounding fruit farmers. The cuts were originally proposed last month, and with all corresponding land owners now having received notification, the cuts have now begun.
The lake serves around 6,247 hectares of land, the majority used for the farming of sub-tropical fruits, in an area known as the Guaro Plan, after the river that serves the reservoir. The cuts will see the Guaro Plan receive just 3000 cubic metres compared to 3,900 last year.
Growers in the region are furious that the cuts have had to be made despite ongoing works on a pipeline that will eventually transport reclaimed water from the Velez Malaga WWTP. They are also waiting for the price to be set for such water, a process that should have been completed months ago.
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