The Balearic government was warned about six months ago that there would be a shortage of water on the island this summer. Six months is a long time and during that time the local government could have introduced a major water-saving campaign and even purchased more desalination plants. There is even the possibility of shipping water in from the mainland.

But little or nothing was done and now showers have been turned off on the beaches in Palma's resort, and other areas of the island are planning even more radical measures.

Turning off the showers on local beaches could be described as a measure which penalises tourists. It must be remembered that holidaymakers are already paying the tourist tax and surely they should be able to have a shower after a swim? Why aren't the Palma council introducing a campaign on the need to save water? I am sure this would probably save more water than the knee-jerk move of turning off the water on beach showers.

It must be remembered that a sizeable part of Palma´s water supply is lost because of the faulty distribution network. I would go even further and say that millions of litres of water are lost every year through senseless schemes. There are so many ways that water could be saved in the city. The time has come for the council to tackle the water crisis head-on rather than just introducing short-term measures which do not benefit anyone, least of all the tourist industry.

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Mat / Hace over 5 years

E weldon, are you a tourist or a resident?

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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

That is not exactly true. There are three plants in Mallorca: one in Palma, one in Alcudia and one in Andraitx. The problem is that these plants are only used when there is a desperate need for water as the water produced by them is a lot more expensive than that sourced from natural resources. As nobody wants to pay this difference they are not maintained as they should be and are running as efficiently as they should be. For this to happen they should be kept running all year but then the problem arises about what to do with the water they produce. The only easy answer would be to implement a complete ban on using ground water for at least 3 years allowing the wells to regenerate themselves whilst we only use desalinated water. Problem is, are we ( the public and the government ) prepared to pay the added cost ?

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E Weldon / Hace over 5 years

I would like to know "Where" my Tourist Tax is going to be spent? Who/What, are/is going to be improved other than Councillors pockets just like the last tourist tax!!!! I remember about 20 years ago a plan for two desalination plants - Mallorca still only has one inadequate plant! Locals as well as tourists suffer!

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