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Water Levels

Another logistical problem on an island with no fresh surface water

Another logistical problem on an island with no fresh surface water and a population which burgeons by many fold in the summer is drinking water.

Most of the island's water comes from aquifers - a 'tube' of porous rock sandwiched between layers of non-porous rock that carries water from its mainland origin. Such is the demand for water in peak tourist season that the aquifers are over used and begin to take in salt, which accounts for the unpleasant taste of our tap water in hotels and discos.

The water authorities have just released figures showing that the aquifers are only at 47% of their total capacity, though this is considered normal at this time of the year. Measures are slowly but surely being taken to improve the situation, such as the desalination plant at San Antonio which pipes fresh water to the district, and the new Santa Eulalia plant which will cost €43 million.

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