Friday 5th August 2022 · Mike Smith
Source: Ajuntament de Xàbia
The municipal water company AMJASA has provided consumption data for the monthly of July which show an increase of 11% in demand compared to the same period last year and maintains the trend since the beginning of the year. Indeed, during the first half of the year, the volume of water supplied was between 9.6% and 11.0% higher than 2021.
Of course, it is clear that demand for water increases during the summer months and in fact consumption doubles from 350,418 cubic metres in January to 618,727 cubic metres in June and 796,854 cubic metres in July. The absolute peaks of consumption have been experienced in the last fortnight, coinciding with the highest temperatures, and have been close to 28,000 cubic metre per day. Other circumstances which have produced the greater demand for water have been the serious breakdown that occurred in the Barranqueres-Camí Vell de Gata and the one-off contribution provided to the Teulada-Benitatxell Consortium between July 12th and 19th.
However, AMJASA reports that these figures are far from those recorded years ago, when there were consumption peaks of up to 36,000 cubic metres per day, and the company points out that this doesn’t mean that there is less demand or occupancy but rather than the improvement to the distribution network, such as the replacement of old pipes, had greatly reduced the loss of water due to leaks.
With regards to the origin of the water supplied during the summer, 60% comes from the desalination plant whilst the rest comes from the weeks with some of the aquifers have good levels despite the apparent drought conditions. In fact, in response to the news that some cities and municipalities are due to announce restrictions, AMJASA wants to make it clear that Xàbia has a guaranteed supply so long as rational and responsible consumption is maintained.
During July, the breakdown in one of the main pipes in the distribution network in the area of Camí Vall de Gata, an old section of the network which is currently being replaced, stands out as the great complication for water supply this summer. AMJASA personnel wre able to recover the service within 24 hours and return the supply to all homes.
AMJASA, a publicly-owned water company, currently has 28,300 subscribers.