Monday, April 21, 2008

Spain approves river diversion for drought-hit Barcelona

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Spain's government Friday announced a 180-million-euro scheme to channel water from the river Ebro to combat the worst drought in decades in the region around the northeastern city of Barcelona. "If we do nothing and it does not rain, five million residents of the Barcelona region will have no more water to drink in October," Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega told a news conference.

The government gave the green light to the scheme, in which an existing pipeline that channels water from the Ebro to the city of Tarragona will be extended up to Barcelona which has a population of about 1.5 million. The work will last six months and cost 180 million euros (283 million dollars), De la Vega said...

Carlos III Bridge over the Ebro River in Miranda de Ebro, Mr. Benq, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License.

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