Saturday, January 11, 2014

A white elephant

The desalination plant at Torrevieja has now been in production for eight months turning sea water into drinking water. The clean water is transferred to the dam at La Pedrera. At full capacity, the plant is capable of producing 80 hectometres of water but at the moment is only operating at less that 5% of that total because there is no longer the demand.

The demand for the plant was driven by wild predictions about the expected population growth of the area e.g. the fifty thousand houses they were going to build around San Miguel de Salinas. Since those developments have come to a halt, there is no call for the water the plant was going to provide.

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