Catalonia will set up a floating desalination plant within the port of Barcelona as a result of drought | News from Catalonia | EUROtoday

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The Generalitat introduced this Thursday that it’ll set up a desalination plant within the port of Barcelona to ensure the inhabitants's entry to water through the emergency as a result of water disaster during which Catalonia has been experiencing for greater than three years. “It is the Government's bet for future episodes of drought that we may have,” mentioned the Climate Action advisor, David Mascort. In addition to this infrastructure, which is able to present 14 cubic hectometers yearly and might be operational in October, the Catalan Executive will set up 12 cell desalination crops on the Costa Brava. “We ensure access to water for the entire population in the current emergency conditions,” mentioned Mascort. Both operations will contain an funding of 10 million euros.

The Government thus renounces the arrival of ships with shipments of water after the summer time. “What we present is a more economical and sustainable solution,” highlighted the counsellor, who burdened that “it is evident that we cannot bring a boat every day.” The floating desalination plant will present 44 cubic meters per day and represents half the price of the arrival of a ship, which might carry round 30 cubic meters.

As for the 12 cell desalination crops that might be put in on the Costa Brava and paid for by the Girona Consortium and the Catalan Water Agency (ACA), eight might be in operation in June and 4 in October, which is able to present the consumption of 35% of the inhabitants of those municipalities. “We ran the risk that the population of this area, stressed by the lack of rain, would not have access to water after the summer,” Mascort defined.

Regarding the commotion brought on on Tuesday by the pliability in filling swimming swimming pools, the counselor said that the modification of the Special Drought Plan just isn’t designed for coastal municipalities “nor for hotels to fill the pools”, however reasonably to supply an answer “to “inland populations” that do not have sufficient public alternatives to guarantee spaces that can be considered as climate refuges.

Mascort has highlighted that the Generalitat plans to declare Emergency II in the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona “if it doesn’t rain and we proceed with the present pattern.” The reservoirs of the internal hydrological basins are at 18% of their capacity.

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