A REGIONAL government report published yesterday claimed that almost half of the underground rivers in the Balearics are contaminated either by nitrates or due to infiltration by sea water.

Results of research indicated that “the most drastic example of pollution through sea water can be found in the district of Campos. Saline water has filtered seven kilometres up inside the underground river.” Other areas in the Balearics similarly affected are in Mahon and Ciutadella on Minorca and the Ibizan coastline.

The report threw into sharp relief the importance of the future Balearic Water Management Plan for solving problems of contamination and for ensuring healthy and efficient water resource management in the region. The regional Ministry for the Environment wants the plan approved by Central Government before next summer. The project envisages an investment of 2'049 million in the Balearics up until 2027.

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