For the first time in the Balearics, an aquifer is receiving excess water from another aquifer so that it is not lost. In this way S'Extremera is receiving 25'000 cubic metres of water a day from Sa Marineta. S'Extremera (between Bunyola and Santa Maria) is the chief source of supply for the bay of Palma. The excess water from Sa Marineta would otherwise be lost into the sea at the bay of Alcudia. The transfer is a pioneer scheme in the Balearics and has only been in operation a few days. It was presented yesterday by Balearic environment minister Margalida Rosselló; the head of EMAYA, the water board, Maria Crespo, the director general of water resources Antoni Rodriguez Perea, the managing director of EMAYA Arturo Cadenas and ministry official Alfredo Baron. The water filtered into S'Extremera will remain as a reserve, just as the water in the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs which are currently 70 per cent full. Rodriguez Perea said that the new scheme would be useful when it came to transfering water from Sa Costera where 30'000 cubic metres a day is currently lost at sea.

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