SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 3 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) works together with the Ministry of Ecological Transition of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Insular Council of Waters of La Palma in a plan to guarantee maintenance irrigation in the banana plantations affected by the volcanic eruption.
To do this, two portable desalination plants will be installed in the Puerto Naos area that will guarantee an approximate flow of 6,000 m3 per day. In addition, the Ministry has ordered the transfer of a tanker from the Peninsula that will allow a substantial increase in the flow of water for irrigation.
The start-up of these plants will take into account the different factors that condition this type of operation, such as, in this case, the transfer to Puerto Naos, the water quality at the intake point, and the subsequent transfer to the network. irrigation.
According to the forecasts, this operation may be in operation in a period of between ten and fifteen days, once the portable desalination plants arrive in Puerto Naos. The facilities are expected to arrive on the island of La Palma this Tuesday
These actions are two of the first emergency measures that will be implemented and that will be complemented with new actions that will take place in the coming days. Among them, the transfer of irrigation and supply water from other areas of the island to the affected areas is foreseen, as well as the closure of the island ring.
These measures are complemented by the actions that the Ministry has carried out in recent weeks to support the residents of La Palma. Likewise, it has made a Coordination and Observation plane available to the Canary Government to monitor volcanic activity through its infrared cameras and deployed a Forest Fires Reinforcement Brigade to help the island’s residents in maintenance and ash cleaning. In addition, Aemet technicians have installed emergency instruments to monitor the volcano’s emissions.