The rains cover the irrigation demand for a week in Lleida and save water

The rains cover the irrigation demand for a week in Lleida and save water
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The rains that have been recorded in the Pyrenees since last Friday with record figures in some points of Sobirà, Cerdanya or Alta Ribagorça have made it possible for both the Aragón and Catalunya canal and Pinyana to cancel the demand for water for irrigation and Prioritize saving resources for the summer. According to the president of Aragon and Catalonia, José Luis Pérez, more than 20 liters per square meter have been recorded, so “for a week it is estimated that there will be no requests to water.” This parenthesis will allow reserves to be saved, although the Barasona and San Salvador reservoirs are at 90 and 95%, respectively. “It is better to close now to have resources if the summer is dry.” For his part, the president of Pinyana, Ramon Piqué, indicated that there are no requests for water either, a situation that is expected to continue for a few days and that “will entail less irrigation,” he said. “At the moment, the main canal only carries one cubic meter per second for farms and industries. Pinyana already supplies itself from Ribagorçana (it began the campaign by irrigating from Barasona) since this basin has around 530 cubic hectometers, 100 more than last year at this same time, explained Piqué. For its part, the Canal d’Urgell reported yesterday that it has reduced the flow that circulates through the Main to 8 cubic meters per second and that of the Auxiliary to 6 by significantly lowering water requests since rainfall has also been recorded in the irrigable area. up to 30 liters per square meter. Starting next week, these provisions are expected to increase to meet irrigation orders. The Segre, Oliana and Rialb reservoirs are at 80% and 33% of their capacity, respectively, and accumulate 200 cubic hectometers.

Monday the 29th was the rainiest day in Catalonia since November 23, 2021, according to the Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya (SMC). Between Friday the 26th and yesterday, Tuesday, almost 230 liters per square meter were recorded in Espot, 145 in Boí and 152 in Cadí. It also snowed. The rainfall in recent days in the plain has occurred at a “key” moment so that the winter cereal campaign can “go ahead” and farmers aspire to have a “reasonable” harvest, indicated the head of the herbaceous sector. from UP, Santi Caudevilla. However, he added that they are late for some dryland crops that were already almost dead and those that are not will need May temperatures not to be high. He warned that this year’s production costs added to the low price of cereal could lead to losses for farmers.

The CHE postpones the distribution of water between Urgell and Segarra-Garrigues

The technicians of the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation (CHE) will be in charge of distributing the reserves of the Segre basin between the Canal d’Urgell and the Segarra-Garrigues in the absence of agreement between both communities for their equitable distribution. Sources from the CHE indicated that the forecast is for it to be ready next week so that it can be signed by the president, Carlos Arrazola, and sent to each of the organizations. Last year, the basin organization was also in charge of determining the cubic hectometers that corresponded to them. Urgell claims a ratio of 21 to 1 while Segarra-Garrigues claims at least 9 to 1 (for every 10 cubic hectometers, 9 for the Canal d’Urgell and one for them. Despite conversations for weeks, they have not been able to make a decision.

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