Loulé's Municipal Contingency Plan for Periods of Drought (PMCPS), "an instrument that provides the Municipality with a mechanism to effectively deal with periods of drought, ensuring the reduction of its effects and damages", is under public consultation until to the 11th of May.
«At a time when, according to the climate bulletin for March this year from the Instituto Português do Mar e Atmosfera, the entire continental territory is experiencing a period of meteorological drought and when the Algarve region is implementing its Regional Water Efficiency Plan, this is a topic that increasingly has an impact on the life of the community», states the Loulé Chamber.
In this way, the plan “includes preparedness, prevention, contingency and adaptation measures, with short, medium and long-term time horizons, which should make the different components of the water use chain more resilient”.
«In operational terms, the Plan should streamline the updating of the register of hydraulic infrastructures, the georeferencing and renewal of the meter base, the review of the tariff structure, the creation of measurement and control areas and, in moments of special severity of the phenomenon , the imposition of restrictions on the consumption of water by the largest consumers and/or the temporary suspension of public facilities», frames the municipality.
Anyone can consult and make contributions to improve the document on the Participate Portal.
The Loulé City Council emphasizes that it has “sought to promote, throughout the municipal territory, a coherent response to the multiple problems related to this matter, an example of which is the Loulé Municipal Climate Action Plan, approved at the Loulé Municipal Assembly on 7 February of 2022. This document already constitutes a reference at the national level and it also contains the responses to the drought period, through the implementation of the PMCPS as one of its priority actions».
This document has already been subject to a first moment of internal consultation by the services of the municipality, as well as by the entities of the Local Council for Monitoring Climate Action with direct competences in the matter.