The technical director of the CHJ, Manuel Torán, has described this Friday as “fantastic” the rains accumulated in a large part of the Valencian Community since last May 22.
The town of Beneixama has been the one that has marked the maximum accumulated precipitation in this rainy episode, with 291 liters per square meter accumulated in the rain gauge between May 22 and June 5, according to data collected by the Automatic System of Hydrological Information (SAIH) of the CHJ.
At a global level, this hydrological year was the fifth worst in the historical series of the last 32 years in terms of accumulated precipitation, with about 174 l/m2 on average at the beginning of May.
But the rains of recent dates allow this situation to improve until reaching a figure close to 280 l/m2, although the data is still below average, according to a statement.
Savings for irrigators, increase in stored water
The registered precipitations have resulted in savings for irrigators and in a significant recharge for the aquifers of the demarcation. “Two weeks of irrigation have been avoided, which represents about 50 hm3, so the savings are considerable”, commented Manuel Torán.
At the same time, the rains have allowed the volume of water stored in some of the reservoirs managed by the Confederation to increase by around 15 hm3.
“I wish we could have stored more water, but the problem is that where it has rained the most is on the coast, and we don’t have dams there. The only problem that we can find in this episode is that it has hardly rained at the headwaters of the Júcar and Turia rivers ”, he explained.
In this sense, he stressed that the last episode of rains allows us to guarantee, even more safely, the supply to all users throughout the summer. “The campaign is covered and without restrictions in most of the territory. It is true that there may be exceptions in the Palancia operating system, but in the rest of the territory the situation is completely normal ”, according to him.