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The rains leave more than a thousand hm3 in the Guadalquivir reservoirs and they are at 43 percent of their capacity


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The rains leave more than a thousand hm3 in the Guadalquivir reservoirs and they are at 43 percent of their capacity


The reservoirs of the Guadalquivir basin have received some 1,043 cubic hectometers (hm3) of water with the rains that Storm Nelson has brought to Andalusia in the last week, of which 95% (988 hm3) fell since last Holy Thursday , according to data from the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation (CHG) collected on the website of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge consulted by Europa Press.

In this way, these reservoirs currently have 3,472 hm3 of water and have gone from having a 30% water reserve a week ago to exceeding 40% this Monday, specifically, 43.25% of their total capacity. which amounts to 8,034 hm3.

Regarding the hydrological year - which began on October 1, 2023 -, reserves have increased by nearly 2,003 hm3, going from 1,470 hm3 to the current 2,472 hm3. This, in turn, means 1,408 hm3 more compared to this same time last year. In addition, so far this year, since January 1, 2024, 1,923 hm3 of water have been added to these reservoirs.

However, the current 3,472 hm3 in the Guadalquivir reservoirs is nearly a thousand less than the average of the last ten years, which is around 4,450 hm3.

Faced with this rainy situation, the general secretary of Feragua, Pedro Parias, asked this Monday to "improve" the provisions for irrigated crops, although without "releasing the bells." The Andalusian reservoirs have gone from being around 30% to 40% of their capacity, noted Parias, who is confident that "hopefully this is the beginning of a period of normal years" in terms of rainfall.

The general secretary of Feragua has described the rains that fell throughout Holy Week as "joy", since the situation was "very bad" in the Andalusian reservoirs. In fact, as a result of this situation, irrigators endure 100% restrictions in some areas.

For this reason, and appealing to "not ring the bells," Pedro Parias has urged that the management bodies of the basins review the provisions to "improve" them. In this regard, the counselor of the Presidency, Interior, Social Dialogue and Administrative Simplification, Antonio Sanz, assured this past Sunday, regarding the next call of the drought committees and their future decisions on water consumption, that "we must be prudent but also optimistic, I think we have to be hopeful.

This was expressed after recognizing the contributions that the Nelson storm has brought with it, to then argue that "there is no doubt that it is an improvement, but we must see if it is slight or allows us to make a more hopeful decision for the Andalusians".