In order to preserve water supplies, the towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco are proposing to fine people who misuse the public water supply.
Water from the public mains supply may not be used for watering gardens or roads, filling private swimming pools, washing cars (except by companies set up for that purpose) and filling water tanks or ponds (except those used for community services).
Fines for infractions could be as high as €3,000.
Many municipalities suffer water shortages during long, dry spells due to the age of the water pipes being used, with up to 50% of the water supply being ‘lost’ through leakage etc.
The town of Valle de Abdalajis suffers water shortages every year, a problem which would be alleviated if the promised works on the wells were to be carried out. The town has been waiting three years for the scheduled works to begin.
Logic would suggest fixing such basic necessities as water supply before building Olympic-sized swimming pools, international-ready football pitches and new municipal offices in even the smallest towns and villages, but logic doesn’t seem to apply in politics.