| The works include the construction of a pumping station powered by photovoltaic solar energy and a storage raft with a capacity of 40,000 cubic meters | The planned investment will make it possible to reduce the pressure on the Serral-Salinas aquifer and benefit an area of ??685 hectares. The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, through the General Directorate of Water, is going to allocate 400,000 euros that will allow the regeneration of water from the Yecla treatment plant to be recycled to the Hoya de Mollidar Irrigation Community- Portichuelo.
For this, the contracting of works that will benefit an area of ??685 hectares, located in the area called Carrascalejo and Los Arenales, has begun, with a volume of reclaimed water of 304,106 m3 / year. The scheduled actions include the construction of a pumping station powered by photovoltaic solar energy, a 315 mm diameter, 1.9 kilometer long discharge pipe and a storage raft with a capacity of 40,000 cubic meters. The investment will make it possible to reduce the pressure on the groundwater of the Serral-Salinas aquifer, since it is intended to replace part of the volumes currently extracted with reclaimed water.
In addition, the current energy costs of the irrigation community will be reduced, by lowering groundwater withdrawals, available at great depths, and as a consequence of the implementation of the photovoltaic renewable energy generation system to supply the planned infrastructure. This community of irrigators currently has an area of ??2,974 hectares and 295 community members and the crops planted in its irrigation area are vineyard (60 percent), almond (25) and olive (15).
It is mainly supplied with underground water resources from the Serral-Salinas aquifer. The budget for the works is carried out under the Rural Development Program of the Region of Murcia (2014-2020), and is 63 percent co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).