Growing concern for Vega Baja’s water supply

By Andrew Atkinson

Concerns are growing over potential future water shortages on the Costa Blanca – with reported cuts from the Tajo-Segura that will leave 50% of residential tourism without water.

“The point is that if there was a shortage of water it would set off the alarm – because doubting the essentials can put off potential buyers – especially the damage that can occur if they limit themselves to future projects so as not to have permission from the Confederation, “said Pablo Serna, CEO of TM Group, based in Torrevieja.

If the water is cut off from the Tajo-Segura transfer, and the river has its source in Aranjuez, this also endangers the fruit and vegetable growing sector in the south of the province.

Warnings have been issued that if there is a decrease in water, the message that will be given to Europe will be damaging – to support residential tourism.

By marking the policy of the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura the approval of new urban plans, if the water is cut, it can not be guaranteed.

An annual turnover of nearly 6,000 million euros is spent on construction in the region of Vega Baja, according to data managed by the Ministry of Territory. Municipal projects could be stopped if there is no water.

“Half of the total annual amount of residential tourism acts as a tremendous economic driver for the entire region and benefits thousands of families,” said Jesualdo Ros, General Secretary of Provia.

The President of the Confederation Mario Urrea, warned that the transfer of water currently has no real alternative.

The Torrevieja macro-desalination plant used 80 hm3 of desalinated water produced annually.

Residential tourism buying and selling properties boosts the economy of the Costa Blanca by 12,000 million euros per year.

6 billion euros correspond to the expenditure of foreigners who have their second home, representing 17% of the GDP.

According to Provia, the sale of houses to foreigners and Spanish tourists each year maintains 96,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Following the coronavirus pandemic, investor interest in the Spanish real estate market continued, with the number of foreign home sales increasing and foreign demand for housing in Spain remaining stable.

The general secretary of the Association of Real Estate Developers of the Province of Alicante Provia, Jesualdo Ros, said the level of buying markets in Germany and the Netherlands in particular has remained high.

However, Jesualdo Ros reiterated: “Of course we are worried, although we don’t think we can go back to a situation like 30 years ago – when there was no water – and there was cuts.”

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