Relief of restrictions on water consumption in the Algarve approved

Government also approved investment of 27 million in the Funcho-Arade pipeline

The easing of restrictions imposed on water consumption in the Algarve was approved today by the Council of Ministers, with the adjustment being proportional and subject to permanent evaluation, said the Minister of the Presidency, António Leitão Amaro.

“This adjustment we are making today guarantees that, even if it doesn't rain again this year, not even a drop more, there will be water guaranteed for one year of urban consumption. Therefore, it is a relief, but a proportional relief, obviously giving priority to urban, family consumption,” he guaranteed.

This is the formalization of measures that had already been announced, from the outset by the Prime Minister himself, Luís Montenegro, after the meeting of the interministerial drought commission that took place in May, in Faro, and, more recently, by Maria da Graça Carvalho, Minister of the Environment, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the renovated Lagos WWTP.

In a press conference held after the Council of Ministers meeting, the government official said that there are three groups of measures: the easing of restrictions, new investments to increase water availability and the acceleration of important investments under the Recovery and Resilience Plan ( PRR).

One of these investments, revealed the minister on the same occasion, is the creation of a pipeline between the Funcho and Arade dams, a project for which 27 million euros will be channeled.

António Leitão Amaro recognized that the drought situation, especially in the Algarve region, requires the application of restrictions, however, “to be fair, to be understood and accepted, they must be proportional”.

“If it rains a little more, if the dimension and drama of the drought decreases in some way, we must adjust the measures”, he stressed, specifying that the relief in restrictions extends to the agricultural sector, which was “particularly penalized”, and to tourist developments.

According to the minister, this easing of restrictions “must be permanently evaluated”, which is why a permanent evaluation system is organized, with moments “every two months” and, reaching the month of August, if there is a change in the situation, there will be “a reanalysis of these restrictions”.

The Government of António Costa had declared an alert situation in the Algarve region on February 05th due to the drought, but, at the end of May, the current Prime Minister, Luís Montenegro, announced the easing of restrictions imposed on agriculture and the sector. urban, which includes tourism.