Drought: in Cap Corse, the seawater solution

On the Port of Macinaggiothe two large blue cubes are now part of the landscape. Since October 13, 2022, a mobile desalination unit provides for the water needs of the two adjoining municipalities of Rogliano and Tomino. One investment ofone million Euros to which these municipalities had to resolve to face a extreme drought whose effects began to be felt, at the tip of Cap Corse, from this month of January 2023.

In the month of March 2022noting that the stored reserves in the Stullone basin accounted for barely 12,000 cubic meters – out of a maximum capacity of 48,000 m3 -, Patrice Quilici and Francois Orlandithem mayors of the two villages, raised a cry of alarm. “Nothing fills up anymore”, they worried. It was at this time that the idea of ​​fetching water from the sea using a desalination plant was publicly mentioned.

“Can you imagine a season without water? It would be a disaster! »

An option that is not new. In 2002, to deal with the same situation of water stress, equipment capable of “producing” 500 cubic meters per day had already been installed in the Rogliano navy. Contacts are made with the prefecture to obtain the necessary authorizations and financial support. But things drag on.

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When spring arrives, there is no guarantee that the case will be completed on time. Difficulties arise on the side of the Ministry of Health, whose approval is necessary for the installation of the desalination unit. Validation of the ministry or not, financing or not, the elected officials announce that, whatever happens, they will complete their project. “In the town, there are traders, market gardeners, argues Patrice Quilici. Can you imagine a season without water? It would be a disaster! »

The war of nerves has only just begun. When the season begins, no solution has been found. In April, municipal decrees impose drastic restrictions. Throughout the spring, water inflows from the neighboring town of Ersa made it possible to increase the stock present in the Stullone reserve to 25,000 cubic meters. But this is far from enough when you know that in normal times, the port of Macinaggio “consumes” 1,200 cubic meters per day.

A unit in service also in winter

Boreholes in Tomino, water loans from the municipality of Meria and strict respect for restrictions by the inhabitants – which reduces daily consumption to 700 cubic meters – will finally make it possible to spend the summer. At the beginning of October, when the file is completed and the unit is finally commissioned, there are only 300 cubic meters left at the Stullone.

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A miracle on which the villages of Rogliano and Tomino no longer want to be dependent. To avoid being faced with a new crisis, the municipalities have decided to let the unit operate throughout the winter. “If we manage to completely fill our pool in March or April, we will be quiet”wants to believe the mayor of Tomino.

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Drought: in Cap Corse, the seawater solution

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