Martinez-Cache stresses that "the Segura Hydrological Plan provides a clear picture of the situation of deficit basin"

National Water Council has reported favorably on the Plan, before the end of the year it should be reviewed by the Council of Ministers, as EC Directive

The Plan analyzes and improves the text approved in the first cycle and significantly advances regarding plans approved in 1998 because, among other measures, includes and supports a deficit of 400 cubic hectometres

The Minister of Water, Agriculture and Environment, Adela Martinez-Cache, said today that the Hydrological Plan of the Segura Basin (2016-2021) "is a containment plan, realistic and coherent offering a true picture of the situation deficit in the basin. "

Martinez-Cacho participated in the meeting of the National Water Council, which plans basin state competition, which must be reviewed by the Council of Ministers before the end of the year, as established by European Directive is addressed.

The Minister said that the importance of the Hydrological Plan of the Segura River Basin is that "includes and supports a deficit of 400 cubic hectometres a year."

This deficit "was lowered from the previous plan, which contained 480 cubic hectometres a year, falling 10 percent of urban water demands and incorporating desalination flows".

The new plan revises and improves the text approved in the first cycle and significantly advances regarding plans approved in 1998. "Pick up not only the main recommendations made by the European Union to improve the plans of the first cycle but also assumes the commitments made in the partnership agreement for the next program of European funds, thus preventing such funds are blocked, "said the minister.

Martinez-Cache wanted to highlight that "the new plan now receives the approval of the National Water Council is the result of two years of work, in which there have been three periods of public information and incorporated 110 allegations, the which highlights the participatory and consensus of the same character. "

As for water bodies that have been characterized and defined in the plan, the minister stressed that the plan reflects that "we have a healthy river and that is thanks to the efforts of all governments."

The Minister of Water, Agriculture and Environment also highlighted the use of non-conventional water resources, which is at 17 percent, and that "we do be a national and international reference in terms of wastewater treatment, and how irrigators leverage our well know. "

The Hydrological Plan of the Segura River Basin includes all the content, according to the Water Act, are required, as well as those matters that are the result of the review of the plans of the first cycle.

Among all the new improvements include the following:

– Characterization, identification and definition of all bodies of water, both surface and groundwater.

It incorporates the assessment of the state in the salt of La Mata and Torrevieja, pending only the 2009/15 cycle.

It also extends the mass seven proposed declare river natural reserves, compared to the current plan.

– The updating of the inventory of water resources, pressures, uses and demands.

The new plan envisages a reduction in the deficit of the basin, 480 hectometres per year to 400, by incorporating desalted resources and decreasing supply needs.

– Strengthening the assessment of environmental flows and increased minimum flows.

It incorporates system of minimum environmental flows in all masses channeled river type or nature, from 18-77.

– The update of the inventory of protected areas, which is now more consistent with the information Natura.

– Strengthening the monitoring programs of water bodies has allowed complete diagnosis of those items that had not been diagnosed in the first cycle.

– The inclusion of a study on the recovery of the cost of services and understandable wider than the first cycle, which also includes an environmental cost water.

– The reorganization of the programs of measures following the classification adopted by the European Commission to reorient its approach to correcting the pressures on water bodies and makes a distinction between measures aimed at achieving environmental objectives and those to demands attention.

Participation

Public participation stimulates the Hydrological Planning Regulation has meant that the draft includes 110 allegations collected during participation tables made over recent months.

Of all the proposals that have been included in the draft are as follows:

– Quality of water supplied by the postrasvase limiting the boron content.

– Updating the program of measures with the information provided by the different competent authorities (including the information provided by the Directorate General of Water of the Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment).

– The proposed waiver of cost recovery, desalination and new external resources in replacing non-renewable groundwater resources and irrigation are collected underfunded.

– Coordination with existing users of new environmental minimum flows (Commonwealth Channels Taibilla Taibilla in the river).

– The protracted drought is linked to alertness (severe drought) and not the emergency.

– In promoting direct reuse of reclaimed water, urban waste that does not pose a risk for the fulfillment of environmental goals is excepted to be encouraged compliance with them.

Plan of Flood Risk Management

The meeting of the National Water Council also reported favorably Plan of Flood Risk Management of the Segura River Basin for the period 2015-2021, which was submitted for public consultation in December 2014 for a period of three months .

The Plan aims to achieve coordinated action by all levels of government and society to reduce the negative consequences of the floods, based on the programs of measures that each government should apply within their power to reach the intended target .

The Segura basin, the competent authorities in relation to costs and Civil Protection authorities establish the objectives of flood risk management for risk cadaárea significant potential (ARPSI), focusing on reducing the consequences potential adverse flooding to human health, the environment, cultural heritage, economic activity and infrastructure.

Prevention, protection and preparedness with a total amount of 55 million euros: the Plan identifies a set of measures to act on three aspects of risk management are considered.

The Segura basin has referred the plan to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, that after being informed by the National Water Council to be elevated to the Government's Office for approval by royal decree.

The ten river basin plans have been voted en bloc, with a score of 76 in favor, 12 against and 6 abstentions.

It has also been reported favorably by the National Water Council plans flood risk management, with a score of 84 votes in favor, 4 abstentions and none against.

Source: CARM

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