The situation of the La Colada reservoir and the pollution of water intended for human consumption in the area
Priority question for written answer P-001580/2023
to the Commission
Sira Rego (The Left)
The Sierra Boyera reservoir, which supplies 80 000 local residents in the north of the province of Córdoba, dried up on 8 April 2023. This is the first reservoir used for water supply to dry up in Spain. In an attempt to address the drought that had plagued the Sierra Boyera reservoir for months, water has been redirected from the La Colada reservoir, starting from March. The water from La Colada is polluted and has been declared unfit for human consumption.
On 17 April 2023, after water had been redirected from La Colada to Sierra Boyera for over a month, and having been consumed by 80 000 local residents and used for livestock and irrigation, the Regional Government of Andalusia issued a reportprohibiting the use of this water as it had been deemed unfit for human consumption.
In view of the above:
- 1.Does the Commission believe that this situation is in breach of Directive 2000/60/EC?
- 2.Will it contact the Regional Government of Andalusia to find out more about the report that found that water from La Colada was ‘unfit for human consumption’?
- 3.Will it launch an investigation into who is responsible for allowing polluted water to be consumed and whether EU law was thereby violated?
-  https://www.chguadiana.es/sites/default/files/2021-06/A09_Estado_Pot_Masas_Agua.pdf
-  https://www.sspa.juntadeandalucia.es/servicioandaluzdesalud/todas-noticia/salud-y-consumo-declara-no-apta-para-el-consumo-el-agua-de-la-zona-de-abastecimiento-norte-de
-  https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32000L0060