Mayors and representatives from the city councils of the Vega Baja met yesterday to protest against the expected 8% increase in cost of water to the region. In the end there were forty seven votes against the increase and fifteen for.
Our own mayor, Raúl Valerio Medina says that it is not a good time to increase the cost of water to families who have been hit hard by the economic crisis. He argues that it is not the increased cost of producing desalinated water that is the cause of the increase but rather the elimination of the subsidy for the transfer of water from the Federation of Channels of the Taibilla. For thirty years, the Vega Baja has relied upon the Segura and the transfers from the Tajo for water.
With global warming predicted to rise teemperatures by 2 degrees over the next 20-30 years and the expected desertification of areas like the Vega Baja, the supply of economically priced fresh water will become more and more of an issue to be dealt with.