The mayor of Yecla, Marcos Ortuño has informed of the agreements adopted at the meeting held on Tuesday, July 16, at the headquarters of the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS).
He was accompanied by representatives of all the municipal groups, the Salvemos el Arabí Platform and the Wine Regulating Council of Yecla, "giving an image of unity in such an important issue, which concerns us all" the first one pointed municipal authority.
A meeting that he described as "positive, cordial, from which we brought good impressions.
We transmitted to the president of the CHS.
Mario Urrea, our concern about the situation in which our aquifers are and the amount of water consumed by some companies for intensive crops and other farms that are not native to the area. "
In this sense, the meeting reiterated the need for the watershed organization to increase vigilance and control so that these companies do not exceed the maximum volumes of water they have authorized nor the irrigable area they have allowed.
The President of the CHS said that a monitoring plan was being carried out throughout the basin and that several sanction proceedings had been opened in the municipality of Yecla.
The mayor has also reported that he raised "the need to limit to the maximum the extractions that are made from our aquifers to supply water to towns in the province of Alicante.
We explained that these populations could obtain water through desalination plants without having to resort to our aquifers. The president of the CHS indicated that he had transferred this problem to those responsible for the Hydrographic Confederation of Jucar.
In the meeting, possible alternatives were considered to solve the hydric deficit of our aquifers.
One of the proposals would come to redotar these aquifers with external contributions of the Jucar-Vinalopo.
Marcos Ortuño recalled that it is a question that was incorporated into the Regional Water Pact and remarked that "we must be very clear that Yecla is going to need water to guarantee traditional agriculture and the economic social and industrial development of our municipality."
Finally, the mayor of Yecla has indicated that the City Council has committed to three very clear and concrete actions.
"In the first place, we are going to reiterate to the drafting team of our general plan that we study the possibility of establishing limitations to intensive crops.
Secondly, we are going to ask the Autonomous Community to study the elaboration of guidelines for the highlands on agricultural land use, which will have to be included in a code of good practices in the agricultural sector, taking into account the situation of overexploitation of our aquifers.
And thirdly, we are going to present a joint motion from all the political groups urging the CHS to elaborate the plan for the management of our resources, so that the central board of users is constituted and so that by the agency of basins adopt the appropriate precautionary measures always respecting our traditional agriculture. "
A motion that will be transferred to the other municipalities with which we share aquifers, such as Jumilla and Villena, so that they adopt similar decisions.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla