According to the Town Hall and after the last snow precipitations, Ávila will have water for, at least, a whole year. But, even so, there will be still restrictions for watering in order to avoid trouble if a dry season happens again.
The main dams that provide the town with water: Becerril, Serones and Fuentes Claras have 100% their capacity.
Even so, the population is warned to make a sensible use of water and gardens will be watered drop by drop.
On the other hand, a consumer organization has recently denounced that the water in Ávila was not drinkable in the year 2,005 because of the big quantity of trihalomethanes. Although the local authorities have denied such a thing, the organization wants to go on doing research and offering the results to the everybody.
As a consequence of the news the sale of bottled water has increased a lot.
Birds as a resource for rural development
An association in La Moraña, one of the areas in the province, has signed an agreement with the regional authorities to promote the sustainable use of birds as a resource for the rural development.
The agreement is part of a Interior Tourism project that wants to promote the natural heritage as a way to attract visitors to our villages, since birdwatching is an activity with a lot of fans in other countries in Europe.
The regional authorities will give technical support to make the project a good one and avoid damage to the species.
On the other hand, the organization will call for a regional meeting to inform people about the possibilities this kind of actions have as a way to increase the economical resources of the region and as a way to preserve our natural heritage.
Used oil to be collected by the Town Hall
The Town Hall has started a pilot plan to study the advantages of collecting the family used oil.
Pouring used oil through the family pipes can cause a lot of problems: dirty pipes, rats in the sewage system, pollution in the river.
To avoid it, five workiers from Down Work, a driver and a coordinator will collect the vegetal used oil from 100 different points in the town during four weeks.
The aim of the project is to integrate disabled citizens and collaborate to take care of environment.
According to the Mayor, the results for the town will be important.On the one hand, the town purifying plant will save money because there will be less oil in the sewage system. At the same time, less money will have to be spent in order to get rid of rats. Moreover, the use of bio-fuels will be promoted and the use of oil to produce fodder will be avoided.
The Town Hall has paid for the dissemination of the project that is thought to have a great human value as it allows disable people to become useful citizens.
03/14/06 - Valentina Cuadrado