Talks over a proposal to install up to seven mobile desalination plants in the west of Majorca, to ease the burden on the three municipalities, involving the Balearic government, Palma, Calvia and Andratx councils broke down last night because, while the government was all set to sign the agreement, Palma city council and the EMAYA municiple water board said they want their technicians to read the small print before signing. Yesterday's collapse in negotiations is seen as a mere postponement by Joan Fageda, the Mayor of Palma, who would not rule out the proposal going ahead once technicians have examined the small print and there are high hopes that the parties involved will meet again this morning to give the project the green light. The chairman of the water board also objects to a clause which states that EMAYA will be obliged to purchase all the water produced by the plants. The chairman is unhappy because it is unclear what EMAYA's obligation will be once the rains return over the winter.

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