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The Government of Spain has invested 100 million euros to modernize the 90% of irrigation Lorca (28/10/2010)

The president of the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura (CHS), Charo Quesada, has attended today's meeting of the Governing Board of the Community of Irrigators of Lorca, where he recalled that the Government of Spain in two periods (1990-95 and 2004-10) has already invested 100 million euros to modernize 90 percent of irrigation Lorca, while with regard to the irrigation area only ensured that the only place where modernization is irrigated by last (third) are being sought ways to expedite the implementation (30 million investment) despite the current budgetary constraints.

Quesada said that all these measures the Government of Spain through the CHS, create a savings of 30 percent water by improving transport efficiency, resulting in a greater amount of resources to crops Lorca.

Lorca Irrigation covers an area of 11,782 hectares and has about 8,000 villagers, and is located in the river valley and a small alluvial Guadalentín partner.

Water resources that sustain it come from the regulated water reservoirs Valdeinfierno and Bridges, the pumping of groundwater, water transfer redotación of the Tagus, and to a lesser extent, the granting of treated wastewater generated in the .

As for La Tercia, the president of the CHS said his agency is considering speeding up the action by breaking down the project into two phases, which would, once the administrative process, to undertake as soon as possible this performance, which is 10 per cent of the modernization of irrigation Lorca.

The modernization project of La Tercia (1,200 hectares) has an overall budget of 29,954,869.31 euros, and includes the placement of 43,296 meters of pipe pressure linear and linear Bracer 14,704 meters and the construction of 25,617 m service roads.

The actions undertaken by the Government of Spain in Lorca irrigated under the so-called Sector VII, VIII of the Irrigation Area of Lorca and Valle del Guadalentín as defined in Decree 674/1973 of 15 March 1533 / 1975, of June 5 and the Order of June 22, 1982 and September 11, 1989.

Sector VIII includes Velopache irrigation areas (600 hectares), Torrecilla (950 has.) Rambla (2,467 has.), Marchena (2,430 ha.) Cazalla and Tamarchete (1,893 has.) And the Sector VII Hoya (2197 ha.) and Tercia (1,028 has.).

The works carried out in Marchena have made a total investment of 22,059,774 euros '34, and have included the placement of 4,260 meters linear pressure pipe in place and 5,396 meters breaststroke linear pipeline and the construction of 19,960 meters of service roads.

The next area has been completed is the Rambla, where 66,351 meters have been installed pressure pipe linear, linear drains 22,328 meters, 6,635 meters linear armbands, and 41,852 meters have been built linear service roads.

The investment amounts to 34.5 million euros.

Then came the turn and Tamarchete Cazares, whose modernization works represented an investment of EUR 21,132,081.90.

The work includes the placement of 28,504 meters linear pressure pipe and 16,863 meters of pipe linear armbands, and the construction of 20,134 meters of service roads.

In this project include additional works at the request of the irrigators themselves, which basically consisted in the piping of ditches in the murky waters Cañarejo armband, as well as the widening of the road Feli armband in order to facilitate the flow of traffic and improve safety levels in the area.

The modernization of irrigation in Lorca began in 1990 when he finished work on Velopache, which investment amounted to 2,774,383.67 euros, putting 13,020 meters of pipe fitted linear and 11,500 meters of roads built to service.

Later, in 1993, the Government of Spain completed the modernization of irrigation works of the turret, which received an investment of 1,908,386 Euro '93, and watched the linear placement of 9,691 meters of pipe and construction of 8,800 meters service road.

Later, in 1995, EUR 10,812,255.85 was invested in the modernization of irrigation in La Hoya, putting 78,530 meters linear pipeline and 35,500 meters linear building service roads.

Finally, other actions taken to improve the irrigation of Lorca (Cabezo Raft of the Lions, improving irrigation wells, clear water piping from the Reservoir Bridge, among others) have meant an investment of 7,090,049 euros.

Source: CHS

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