Catalonia, in the midst of a drought, lost almost 24% of its drinking water in 2022, mostly due to leaks in the distribution network. Last year some 134,300 million liters, 134 cubic hectometres, were lost, according to data from the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) to which RAC1 has had access.
Tons of slaughtered fish and a bare bell tower, the image of the advance of the drought
With this water, Catalonia would now have double the reserves. In fact, with that volume you could fill almost the entire Sau swamp, now almost empty. The percentage of 24%, however, is slightly lower than that of the State but is within the European average.
The Minister for Climate Action, Teresa Jordà, has stated that she is aware of the difficulties faced by municipalities, especially small ones, in complying with the restrictions –at this time, Catalonia is in an exceptional situation–, but has defended the sanctioning regime , which “only serves to deter”. She has been convinced that it will not be necessary to fine any small municipality.
The sanctioning regime was the stumbling block that derailed the summit between political parties last Friday. Between accusations of electoralism, the meeting ended without an agreement because the Government and the PSC failed to agree on a moratorium for the entry into operation of the fines.
“The sanctioning regime is dissuasive: if that municipality begins to carry out those works and that work must be finished after a year, what we will do is monitor how it starts and how it progresses. If two years have passed and no, then the sanctions must be applied ”, he argued.
The minister recalled that there are a number of sectors that are already doing their homework and that have restrictions on the use of water, and has criticized the attitude of the PSC for “playing with the calculator and with the electoral calendar.” “We should be way above the calculator. Emergencies are what they are. I don’t know how we will get ahead but we will get ahead ”, she has riveted.
In fact, Jordà has assured that the agreement with the parties was there, but it was not signed, even with a moratorium on the sanctioning regime with the date of July 1.
Source: elDiario.es – elDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.
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