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Water Shortages In Southern Spain

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Water Shortages In Southern Spain

Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:10 pm

Me and the Missus are seriously contemplating buying a property in the Costa Calida or Costa Blanca South. We hope to use the property for hols for a couple of years then move out there when we retire.

My wife brought up the subject of water shortages. I know that it's a usual thing for the water to go off for a few hours sometimes in the summer or even a day or two. However, with all the new developments in that area, there must come a point where there simply won't be enough water to go around.

Are the Spanish authorities actually doing anything to counter the problem?


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:37 pm

We live 15-20 minutes inland from the eastern Costa del sol - not the area you are interested in I know but one that has similar problems with Water.

There has been considerable new building in this area that obviously resulted in a massive increase in demand for water supply - happily building licence granting has now been dramatically curtailed. When we moved in 3.5 years ago water cut offs were frequent in the Summer - longest lasted a week! We therefore had a 2 litre water depositor installed and have never run out of water since.

However, the local authorities here do seem to be making a great effort to improve the antiquated water supply system. Large new pipes have been fitted that cope much better with increased demand - obviously water was off for a while whilst these were being fitted but no-one minded as they knew it was for a good reason.

We have had very low rainfall for the past couple of years - we overlook Lake Vinuela that is a reservoir and is currently only at 60% capacity - so the authorities enforced water conservation measures last Summer and we have just had postal notification that they will be watching everyone to ensure only necesary use of water is used over the next few months.

Am sure that the authorities on Costas Calida and Blance must be doing their part in improving services.

Good luck in your property search - if you are as happy in your life in Spain as we are here you won´t go far wrong.


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Re: Water Shortages In Southern Spain

Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:54 pm

We don't live on a new development, but we do live in Murcia Province. We have only once had any water problems. and that was due to a broken pipe 1.5 km away!!

So no problems this end.




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Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:26 pm

Thank you both.


Re: Water Shortages In Southern Spain

Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:54 pm

No water shortages in south-eastern Bulgaria


Re: Water Shortages In Southern Spain

Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:57 pm

water shortages in Almeria and Murcia are likely to get worse not better as housing development, golf courses and polytunnel farms soak up the already limited water table. The water authorities are already exploiting every deep well and bore-hole. New pipelines might ease some areas but the water just ain't there to support all the planned developments.


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