The Ebre water battle is back
(ACN) – It all started in 2001, when the President of the Spanish Government, José María Aznar, who was leading the People’s Party (PP), approved the National Water Plan (NWP), with the support of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU). The main aim of the project was to bring water from the northern Ebro River (Ebre in catalan) to solve southern Spain’s water needs such as in the Valencia region, the Andalusian province of Almeria and the whole of Murcia, which are among the most arid areas of Spain. The plan was set to go ahead and construction work began to allow the diversion of water even against the wishes of the Ebro’s population.
Putting the NWP into practice was difficult due to the high cost involved. In addition, another controversial issue was studied: the possible private economic interests behind the point of transferring water to the arid South such as the promotion of luxury tourism around the Valencia and Andalusia coasts with new urbanizations and golf courses.