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The CHS has to repair the intermediate drainage of the Santomera Dam damaged by DANA (19/05/2020)

| The development of the works has been reported to the Water Courts and Irrigation Communities | The works will last 3 days The CHS will start tomorrow the repair works in the Santomera Dam, it is the intermediate drainage that was damaged in the DANA, its objective is to recover the nominal drainage capacity. The repairs will last for three days, from Wednesday, May 20 to Friday, May 22.

The planned imbalances will be carried out each of the three days from 8:00 am to mid-afternoon, recovering the ordinary exploitation on Saturday 23. The Water Courts and Irrigation Communities have been advised that the conductivity of the circulating waters of the Segura river may vary.

The scheduling of the actions has been adjusted to start from tomorrow Wednesday and to have the margin today so that users can inform their community members of the risk of a significant increase in conductivity due to the high salinity of the waters coming from the Santomera reservoir, as was revealed during the prolonged scheduled unloading that had to be carried out after the September DANA episode. In view of the need to undertake repairs to the reservoir, the irrigation users of the Vega Baja have planned irrigation cuts during the days of the works.

However, the use of the Orihuela siphon is planned, which will provide the necessary volumes so that the circulating water in the Vega Baja has a conductivity suitable for irrigation. This effort by the irrigation communities will save resources by eliminating the need for an additional discharge that would otherwise be necessary to dilute the high conductivity that characterizes the waters coming from the basin that flows into the Santomera reservoir.

Source: CHS

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