In the government council of the Junta de Andalucía on December 5, the Plan has been presented Drought Plus to combat the consequences of the drought in Andalusia. A proposal for an agreement which acknowledges the implementation by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development of the “Drought Plus” Action Programme.
- 1.097 actions in water matters in just four years.
- 111 major water infrastructures completed
- 90 works in progress
- 52 actions in tender
- 244 construction projects in drafting and bidding
- 600 channel restoration actions completed
- In 2,5 years: 252 hm³ more water, for population and irrigation.
- 3,3 million Andalusians have benefited
- More than 17.300 hectares of irrigated land.
With the Drought Plus strategy the Board will contribute 219 hm³ to Andalusia. An action that is estimated at €70,9 million between the 3 administrations, taking into account that the Junta de Andalucía is the one that intervenes the most financially.
In January 2024 the IV Drought Decree, focused on alleviating the socioeconomic impact.
Drought Strategy Plus
The Government of Andalusia has launched the "Drought Plus" strategy with the aim of improving water supply guarantees in the areas most affected by drought. This strategy includes various measures, such as conducting surveys, the use of portable desalination plants and desalination plants, and the use of ships to transport water.
The initiative adds to the actions previously undertaken by the Junta de Andalucía within the framework of three drought decrees approved in the region. "Drought Plus" addresses the hydrographic demarcations of Guadalete-Barbate, Andalusian Mediterranean Basins and Tinto-Odiel-Piedras and is based on two courses of action: accelerating the actions included in the existing decrees and proposing new measures.
Among the initiatives is the improvement of wastewater treatment infrastructure, the installation of portable desalination plants in areas with scarce water resources, and the use of ships to transport water to Andalusian ports in situations of severe drought. The execution of projects to increase water resources in several regions is also planned, including the installation of portable desalination plants in Malaga and the improvement of floating intakes in reservoirs in Cádiz and Malaga.
This strategy seeks to improve water security in areas such as Cádiz, Málaga, Almería and Huelva, and is expected to cover a significant part of the annual water consumption in these regions. In addition, the approval of a fourth drought decree is announced in early 2024 to address the socioeconomic impact of water scarcity in the region.
The implementation of “Drought Plus” represents a significant effort by the Regional Government of Andalusia to address the challenges related to drought and ensure an adequate supply of water to the population and agriculture in the affected areas.
The Government Council has been informed about the recent report that addresses the evolution of the drought in Andalusia. According to the report dated December 4, in the previous seven days an increase of 38 hm3 (+0,32%) has been observed in the water stored in the autonomous community, reaching a total of 2.401 hm3. This represents 20,07% of the total storage capacity, which is 11.966 hm3. Compared to the same period of the previous year, there is a decrease of 258 hm3, since the previous year there were 2.659 hm3 of stored resources.
Regarding the different hydrographic basins, in the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Demarcation, there has been an increase of 33 hm3 (+0,41%), reaching 19,12% of its total capacity, with a total of 1.535 hm3. Compared to the previous year, 38 hm3 more are registered. In the Andalusian Mediterranean Basins, there has been a decrease of 4 hm3 (-0,35%) in the same week, reaching 20,30% of its capacity, with 234 hm3 stored. In one year, there has been a reduction of 157 hm3.
On the other hand, the Guadalete-Barbate district has maintained the same volume of water with 242 hm3, which represents 14,66% of its total capacity. In the last year, water reserves in this Cadiz basin have been reduced by 105 hm3. Finally, the Tinto-Odiel-Piedras-Chanza basin accumulates 390 hm3 of impounded water, at 34,98% of its capacity, with an increase of 9 hm3 (+0,81%). Compared to the same period last year, there is 34 hm3 more water stored in the basin.
The recent episode of rainfall between November 29 and December 4 has especially benefited the intra-community basins and the provinces of Huelva and Cádiz. In Huelva, rainfall has been widespread, with an average rainfall of 63,44 liters per square meter and maximum values of 102 liters per square meter in Aracena. In the province of Cádiz, average rainfall of 71,86 liters per square meter was recorded in the three stations where rain was observed, with maximum values of 125 liters per square meter in Grazalema.
The report therefore highlights a slight increase in Andalusia's water resources in the last week, but a worrying reduction still remains compared to the previous year, underscoring the importance of the drought management measures implemented in the autonomous community of Andalusia.
Counselor Carmen Crespo explains the Drought Plus Plan
Tweets related to the Drought Plus Plan
✅ We activate the new Strategy #DroughtPlus to improve water supply in the most affected areas.—Juanma Moreno (@JuanMa_Moreno) December 5, 2023
To the almost 1.100 approved actions, there are desalination plants, regenerated water and the possible arrival of ships with water.#Andalusia continues to act on the front line. pic.twitter.com/wKXgRSW1Z8
The drought keeps us on constant alert, but we are prepared with the strategy #DroughtPlus:– Antonio Repullo Milla (@arepullomilla) December 5, 2023
1️⃣ Guaranteed supply to the population.
2️⃣ Improvement of purification stations.
3️⃣ Reactivation of disused wells.
4️⃣ Floating shots in critical dams.
5️⃣ Access to water in…