Reservoir capacities are said to now be down to 32%.

30-06-2016Pau Figuerola

The regional environment minister, Vicenç Vidal, said today that the situation with aquifers has worsened because of the lack of rain and the tourist season. Palma, added Vidal, has become one of a total of 27 municipalities which are now on drought alert. The town hall's drought committee has met this week and measures to be adopted will include increased use of recycled water for purposes such as street cleaning.

Of the municipalities affected, there is a Palma "unit", which is made up of Alaro, Andratx, Binissalem, Calvia, Consell, Lloseta, Llubi, Marratxi, Muro, Sencelles, Sineu and Palma itself, and all of these municipalities are on drought alert. There are other municipalities in the Pla (plain) of Majorca in a similar situation as well as in the north.

The current available water resources across the Balearics as a whole are 41%, three per cent lower than was the case in July. Minorca is best off with 49%, while Ibiza is down to 32%. The Majorca and Formentera figures are both 41%.

Vidal said that the situation does not imply that there will be cuts to supplies, but in order to avoid there being cuts, all administrations need to work together.

The director-general for water resources at the ministry, Joana Garau, outlined the strategic plan to tackle the drought. This includes a revision of the water resources plan, the increase in availability of unconventional resources, the management of conventional ones and demand management.

Garau distinguished between immediate measures, such as general awareness campaigns, those in the medium term (one to three years), such as water treatment, and ones for the longer term, e.g. new infrastructure.

A further measure that the ministry is looking at is a review of water charges by which responsible use will be rewarded and excessive use penalised. There is also a need to recoup costs, as Vidal observed that alternative sources of water and desalinated supply attract their additional costs. Progressive tariffs, he said, will be needed as a response to excessive consumption.

The full list of municipalities on drought alert:
Alaro, Alcudia, Andratx, Ariany, Binissalem, Buger, Calvia, Campanet, Campos, Consell, Lloseta, Llubi, Maria de la Salut, Marratxi, Montuiri, Muro, Palma, Petra, Pollensa, Porreres, Sa Pobla, Sant Joan, Santa Margalida, Sencelles, Ses Salines, Sineu, Vilafranca.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 4 years

I agree, and have given you a +, but surely this is something that should be paid for by the central government, with the help of EU funds, or at the last resort by the local government.

I see no reason why tourists should help pay for major projects like this when a very small percentage of water is used by them. Most is used in the agriculture sector.

It´s like the Corte Ingles asking their clients to pay for the airconditioning installations. If one wants to provide a service, one must invest to be able to do so.

The local government should be pleased that sunshine doesn´t cost them a centime.


S. / Hace over 4 years

Another desalination plant is now a priority for the Island. Using the Tourist Tax to start the funding needed to construct the plant. Funding from each year, will support the requirements.