Spain entertains desalination capacity boost for farmers

The Spanish agricultural lobby has reluctantly embraced desalination after the Tagus- Segura pipeline dried up earlier this year. Do the long-term economics stack up?

Severe drought conditions in the Iberian peninsula have partially overcome farmers’ traditional resistance to desalination, and central and regional administrations are now seeking ways to respond to demands from the powerful irrigation lobby for additional desalination capacity.

Intensive irrigation in Spain’s southeastern Segura basin has relied since the 1980s on the Tagus-Segura...

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