Residents in the Port of Pollensa should start to notice a slight improvement in the quality of water, which this summer has been saltier than ever. For the town council has just connected a new well to the municipal network of Pollensa. This means that excess water from Pollensa can be sent to the port. The new well is in Ternelles and it will be providing 15 cubic metres an hour. Gabriel Cerdà, the councillor in charge of the environment, said that the water would continue to be salty, but would begin to improve gradually. According to Cerdà, people who live in the west and the old part of the port are the worst off, while the water received at the eastern end of the port is of acceptable quality. The problem lies in the fact that the port receives water from two independent sources, and so the areas with the smaller supplies and greater consumption end up getting salty water. The council planned to connect the port's two sets of pipes to a single network at the beginning of the summer, to ensure a more even distribution of water, but the pipeline would have had to cross private land and the council was unable to reach agreement with the owner. This meant that the new well on Can Seguí only benefited part of the port. The council is now studying the possibility of expropriating land to join the two networks. This has been one of the driest summers in Pollensa and Cerdà commented yesterday that several people had told him that their private wells had run dry. The floating population of the Port continues to grow each summer, and the council is finding it a “mission impossible” to provide good quality drinking water. Cerdà and Mayor of Pollensa Francisca Ramon visited Antoni Rodriguez, the Balearic government's head of hydraulic resources last week to discuss ways of improving supplies. Rodriguez, who is president of the recently created Pollensa Waters Consortium, said that test drilling for five new wells in the Pollensa area would be speeded up.

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