The two pipes that carry water from the Tajo to the Segura are almost 40 years old. Is it any wonder then that there are leaks in the joints when they are under pressure and are subject to large temperature changes throughout the seasons.
The leak on November 16th caused the loss of 300,000 litres of water. Yesterday, there was a further leak which started spurting water at 3:30pm and continued until 7pm. For the moment, only the right hand pipe is carrying water.
Local farmers are complaining that the leak has stopped them from planting broccoli. It seems they will have to wait for the land to dry out before continuing the work.