Thirsty Almuñécar

Almuñécar consumes more water, in relation to its population, than any other municipality within the Province of Granada, and by a long chalk.

There are 21 municipalities in Granada with over 10,000 inhabitants with Almuñécar having around 26,000 inhabitants. In the summer, of course, it is multiplied five times.

Almuñécar also has more registered swimming pools than anywhere else with that population ratio, according to its datos catastrales.

Despite the Town Hall asking homeowners not to fill their pools in April, most pool owners have filled them, and if we get rain bringing down the calima, how many will drain and refill?

According to the Ministry of Public Health, Almuñequeros use 338.5 litres of water, per day, per person. That’s just over forty-three, 8-litre bottles of water per person per day, based on figures for April.

At the other end of the scale are Loja and Guadix, which use 161.4 and 175.2, respectively.

The Junta de Andalucía set a threshold of 200 litres, per person, per day and most municipalities have managed to keep below it, although the city of Granada itself uses 246L day/pers.

The problem in Almuñecar is perhaps the amount of private pools, which according to the catastral record number 2,116. And as stated above, the call from the Town Council not to fill pools fell on deaf ears, it appears.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Graph: Juanjo Cerero/Source: Ministerio de Sanidad)

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