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The Mayor demands that the attacks against the Lorca farmers be stopped " (09/07/2018)

Fulgencio Gil: "This is not about macrourbanisations, irrigation expansions or tourist complexes, we are talking about tens of thousands of families living in the countryside, a reflection on the part of the political leaders is necessary".

The First Edil claims that the extension of the decree of drought includes the construction of the storage dam of La Escucha of 500,000 m3 that guarantees the farmers to be able to continue watering their crops despite incidents such as the damage that affects the desalination plant in Águilas.

The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, said that the situation suffered by farmers, ranchers and irrigators in our city requires reflection by all public administrations.

Our municipality does not have water, our marshes are the driest in Europe, they do not have reserves and the existing water resources in the dams hardly give to cover the ecological minimum.

This way we can not continue, in this way we condemn Lorca to agriculture and condemn Lorca to be a desert.

The First Edil has said that it is not common sense that after centuries farmers have to depend on the sky to guarantee their harvests.

We can not resign ourselves to the idea of ​​our lands becoming a desert.

This is not about extensive irrigation, macrourbanizaciones or tourist complexes, in Lorca we are talking about the survival of our fields, the daily life of tens of thousands of people.

Thousands of jobs are at stake, the economy of a whole region and our main socio-economic engine.

We do not deserve to continue like this.

The Mayor has stressed that the history of Lorca is the history of the struggle for water, and we will never give up.

For some issues or for others this region is paying the debts and political commitments of some administrations, but we rebel that this uncertainty is perpetuated by lack of courage and excess of political complexes.

Lorca, we live under the vagaries of different water policies of governments in turn, we know perfectly well that we lack water, and here are our reservoirs, the driest in Europe, to prove it.

We are a deficit basin and that is an evident and unquestionable truth, in the same way that it is unquestionable that our farmers have been able to work a real miracle, multiplying the water to produce the best fruits, vegetables and vegetables of the continent.

Fulgencio Gil has indicated that from the political point of view, it is not possible to continue launching swindles and affirmations that harm our agriculture.

I have to echo the feeling of disbelief and rejection that certain statements by policy makers are raising among our professionals in the field.

It seems that we are going back to the times in which the attacks and the use of Lorca farmers as currency against pressure groups, compromises in the shadow and excluding nationalist and independence.

The Mayor has ratified that we can not allow the worst years of attacks against our farmers to be rescued from oblivion, when they were accused of irrigating with contaminated water, or when they proposed to puncture the Luchena river.

Reopening wounds and dusting projects that we know do not lead anywhere is a real nonsense.

I believe that we are still in time to stop a dark spiral that does not take us anywhere.

For this reason I call on all political leaders, of any kind, to reflect deeply before talking about water.

The old and false prejudices that are trying to be unearthed now have to be forgotten.

This office does not hurt garments in recognizing each and every one of the investments that can be executed to improve the infrastructures that benefit the work of our farmers, but they can not condemn us to desalination, since, as we are able to verify during these days, it's just a very expensive patch that, in addition, presents maintenance problems.

We need transfers, interconnection of basins and water banks, and, above all, the establishment of a National Water Pact that is a model example of how politicians are able to agree and respect the general interest when a subject like water, which requires State agreements, is put on the table.

Fulgencio Gil has declared that we are witnessing an infinite water agony that in its environmental aspect is materialized in an environmental cataclysm, turning the Guadalentín aquifer into the most depleted in Europe.

How do they want Lorca to compete if they are condemning us to run with a broken engine?

XXV anniversary of the start of the works of the current dam of Puentes (Puentes IV)

The Mayor of Lorca reported that the water currently accumulated in the Puentes reservoir stands at 3.46 hm3, which is 13%.

A year ago it had almost triple the water, in particular 9 hm3, while the average of the last decade doubles what is stored today, standing at 6 hm3.

The Valdeinfierno reservoir, on the other hand, is barely around 2% of its capacity.

It should be noted that precisely this year marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the construction of Puentes IV, the dam that is currently in service.

It is an infrastructure whose construction was approved in 1993, including the regrowth of the dam.

The works began at the end of this year and ended years later.

We must note that the current dam takes over from a saga started with Puentes I, the first reservoir of the marsh, which began to rise on December 16, 1647. Under construction, on August 5, 1648, a large avenue destroyed the dam.

The dam Puentes II, began its construction on March 1, 1785. On April 30, 1802, due to rains and floods, and a hypothetical defective construction, burst and caused 608 deaths.

That tragedy gave rise years later to the foundation of the Higher Technical School of Engineers, Channels and Ports.

Puentes III, on the other hand, began construction on September 5, 1881. Its location in the river bed varied 200 meters lower than the previous ones.

At present the remains of this dam are still standing, no longer functioning.

The Puentes reservoir has a reservoir volume of 29.3 hm3, covering an area of ​​366.3 hectares.

It required 275,000 m3 of concrete.

It is equipped with two symmetrical spillways of fixed lip with respect to the central block located in the center of the dam, and has 4 spans of 7.5 meters.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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