Spain officially scraps Ebro water transfer
Spain's socialist government on Friday officially scrapped its predecessor's controversial Ebro water transfer plans and ordered construction of 15 seawater desalination plants. These should plug 60% of the dry Mediterranean coast's estimated water deficit of over 1,000 cubic hectometres. New tourist developments will have to pay more for desalinated water than other users. The previous plan to pipe huge quantities of water south from the Ebro river basin would have been too expensive, environmentally damaging and would have hindered sustainable development, the government said. See Spanish environment ministry.