The Balearic government plans to allocate extra funds to the island councils of Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza-Formentera next year, so that they can carry out plans to administer water supplies. The amount has not been revealed. The decision was announced yesterday by Balearic environment minister Margalida Rosselló, after signing an agreement under which her department will provide the Councils with 300 million pesetas to complete work and services connected with the water supply and sewerage. Rosselló, who belongs to the Greens, told a press conference that the government will provide further funding so that each of the three Councils can start a management policy of demand for water. This will involve repairing leaky pipe lines, installing individual meters and launching awareness campaigns to encourage water saving. The environment minister added that the government will draw up a plan which will give priority to the municipalities which have the heaviest water losses, such as Felanitx, and which do not have a suitable water network.

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