The great water scam

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Water distribution is under the spotlight in a damning report by Greenpeace

By Nuria Pérez

A controversial report on the water needs of Almería, Murcia and Alicante provinces – and alleged irregular practices in water distribution – has been published by Greenpeace.

Named ‘the water plot in the Segura basin’, it includes damning statements from local farmers.

They point to serious irregularities on the management and distribution of irrigation water from the Tajo-Segura channel which transfers water from the north-west down to south-east Spain.

According to the report, water is not distributed equally among farmers and farming companies. It claims that those who have not been given enough water have no choice but to pay very high fees to people nicknamed ‘water getters’.

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