Backing for 20-year Portuguese water plan

Government welcomes independent council's approval, announces water efficiency push

A 20-year management plan for Portugal's water resources is set for parliamentary scrutiny after its approval yesterday by the country's independent national water council (NWC). The council described it as a "major and significant effort" but called for "immediate revision" of certain aspects.

Portuguese environment minister José Sócrates welcomed the NWC's evaluation of the plan as "very favourable". He also announced a separate ten-year programme aimed at boosting water-use efficiency, in part through introduction of new water pricing measures.

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