Ayuso has started a week marked by different fronts that concern the problem of drought… stoking the sort of hidden ‘water war’ that always arises when the possibility of transfers is put on the table in Spain. In an event in which he coincided with the former president of the Government José María Aznar, the head of the Community of Madrid and president of the Madrid popular party, he attacked the Generalitat of Catalonia for its management of water resources.
He did so in a conversation with Aznar within the framework of the Leadership Classroom of the Official Master’s Degree in Political Action, taught by the Atlantic Institute of Government (IADG) and the Francisco de Vitoria University. In this sense, the Madrid president has emphasized that nationalism is “impoverishing entire regions” and one of the examples is water management. At this point, she asked herself “what the Government of Catalonia has done in recent years to avoid the problem of drought.”
In this sense, she has defended that, starting in 2010, the Community of Madrid has made “multimillion-dollar investments to avoid water losses” and since she has been president they have also made “very important investments to update and modernizing the water channeling systems of the Canal de Isabel II”.
Ayuso defends the “cheapest water in Spain” in Madrid against “the most expensive”
Likewise, Ayuso has defended that Madrid has “the cheapest water in Spain for consumers” while the Catalans have “the most expensive.” “Catalonia loses around 15% of the water it reservoirs, Madrid 4% because over time we have done work so that this water is not wasted. For example, we have made policies thinking about future generations, in future years and not to continue with the business and when time passes. It is a trap,” he stressed.
For Ayuso, “Catalans are suffocated, the middle class, the citizens in their daily lives, with taxes, with problems, with that factory of identities, of embassies, of parallel problems and, of course, of a lot of corruption around the Administration so that only those who have to do with political control and the government in power can be welcome to everything. He believes that what they have been doing with this is “not dealing with long-term problems.”
It should be noted that these statements by Ayuso come on the same day that the Government and Generalitat have reached an agreement to deal with the drought. A new desalination plant will be expanded and another will be created with an investment of 500 million euros, but it is also confirmed that the possibility of bringing water by boat from the port of Sagunto (Valéncia) to Barcelona could materialize this summer, if the drastic situation keep going.