- THANKS TO DIGITAL LANCELOT
The Cabildo de Lanzarote announces that in a few days two desalination plants will be moved from the island of La Palma, which were installed in La Palma during the volcanic eruption to supply crops, and which will now be installed in the Díaz Rijo Desalination Center, which will make it possible to have an additional 5,000 m3/day, which will contribute to mitigate, in part, the cuts that have been occurring in recent months.
The Water Consortium and the Insular Water Council of Lanzarote requested on July 10 the transfer of the aforementioned portable desalination plants, EDAM 1 and EDAM 2 (with a capacity of 2,600.00 m3/day each and owned by the Government of the Canary Islands ), in order to mitigate the shortage of water for the population of the islands of Lanzarote and La Graciosa due to the increase in consumption experienced during the summer period, as well as the loss of production capacity of 6,000 m3/day derived from the frame stop of the Lanzarote III module of the Díaz Rijo Desalination Plant.
Once again, in the meeting held on July 28 between the president of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, Oswaldo Betancort, and the Minister of Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Manuel Miranda, the status of the Integral Water Cycle in Lanzarote and La Graciosa was reported. as well as the proposals contemplated in the Action Plan designed for the coming years. In said meeting, Betancort wrested from the Canarian Executive the commitment to agree on the transfer of the plants located on La Palma, as well as future investments necessary to modernize the hydraulic infrastructures in accordance with the forecasts, objectives and priorities of the plan, prepare its project and undertake its financing and execution.
“The situation of shortage of water on the island of Lanzarote and La Graciosa has become a real risk, especially when we are in the periods of maximum tourist occupation on the island, so the transfer of use of these portable desalination plants is the only guarantee of water production in the short term in order to avoid the undesirable situation of shortages and put an end to the absolute abandonment in water management in Lanzarote and La Graciosa”, declared Betancort.
Last Thursday, August 10, the Minister of Aguas de Lanzarote, Domingo Cejas, verified in situ how the disassembly work of both desalination plants began for their subsequent transfer to Lanzarote, visiting their location, together with technicians from the General Directorate of Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, in order to learn first-hand about the plants and the logistics process for transporting and assembling them in Lanzarote once the assignment has been authorized.
The president of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, Oswaldo Betancort, also recalls that “the Plan of Actions for the Supply contemplates the expansion of the production of the Díaz Rijo Desalination Plant by 20,000 m3/day, an action in which the Island Consortium is already working together to the Government of the Canary Islands”, he stated.
In order to report on the status of the Integral Water Cycle on the islands of Lanzarote and La Graciosa and the Action Plan that is being carried out, the president of the Cabildo has called an informative meeting this Monday, August 14, with the representatives of the Lanzarote Water Consortium, in which the situation of each municipality and of the island of La Graciosa will be diagnosed, “after 4 years of the abandonment of functions of the previous group of Government, which in an incomprehensible and very irresponsible way have aggravated a unprecedented water situation”, lamented Oswaldo Betancort.