The Rules Reservoir and its Lack of Irrigation Infrastructure

rules dam demonstrationWe’re in a drought, with not a drop of rain and seawater is threatening to seep into irrigation wells near the coast – farmers aren’t happy.

In fact, they are so unhappy that busloads of farmers and concerned citizens arrived at the Rules Dam on Saturday the 13th to protest over the lack of infrastructure to carry water down to where it is needed.

Amongst the demonstrators were several politicians, including the socialist Mayor of Salobreña, socialist party leaders from Almuñécar and Motril, as well as Almuñécar’s Juan Carlos Benavides, in support of the farmers’ demands. It was Benavides’ party that actually organised the protest.

Although the Conservative Mayor of Motril was not present, she later made a statement in favour of the cause, but also in defence of the Central Government.

And therein lies the problem: the socialist regional government says that the lack of irrigation infrastructure is the fault of the conservative central government, whereas the latter claims that it is the former’s responsibility.

In the meantime, it still hasn’t rained.

The organisation of the buses to transport people to demonstrate over a drought and lack of irrigation water is very reminiscent of a similar affair back in the 80’s when around 50 buses were hired to take Almuñequeros to Sevilla to protest through the streets of the regional capital. That was also organised by Juan Carlos Benavides.

Since then a lot of water has passed under the bridge… literally

(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo:

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