Spanish government allocates €4.25 million for Canary Island desalination plants

On Friday November 18th, the Spanish Cabinet authorised an exception to the execution of a Ministerial Order to close the budgetary year for 2016 to enable subsidisation of seawater desalination plants in the Canary Islands. The aim of the subsidies, which have a maximum value of €4.25 million, is to reduce the sale price of drinking water for domestic consumption produced at these facilities, thereby promoting efficiency and effectiveness in the entire process.

The beneficiaries of the subsidies will be utilities who own or operate public drinking water supply networks in the Canary Islands and have desalinated the water for the purpose of domestic consumption.

The subsidies to the drinking water treatment plants will ensure the quality and quantity of water resources and will provide an incentive for the most efficient drinking water treatment systems.