The Civil Guard detains and investigates 107 people for the extraction of water from more than 1,400 illegal wells

The Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), has conducted a total of 1800 inspections for the location of illegal wells and investigation of illegal water withdrawals

The operation has been carried out through the control of all the uses of water resources, mainly the underground ones, although also the superficial ones, being located 1,457 illegal facilities, of which 1,410 are wells and 47 rafts

There has been the collaboration of the different organizations of Cuenca and competent regional administrations

The Civil Guard, in the framework of the MIZU operation, aimed at monitoring and controlling underground and surface aquifers, has arrested / investigated 107 people as alleged perpetrators of crimes against natural resources and the environment, crimes of water distraction-usurpation and water fraud crimes.

During the 5 months that the operation has been carried out, a total of 1,800 inspections have been carried out for the location of illegal wells and investigation of illegal water withdrawals, in which 1,457 illegal facilities have been detected, of which 1,410 are wells-probes and 47 rafts. Likewise, 2,198 infractions have been formulated, most of them classified as breaches of the water regulations but also the regulations on mines and urban planning and land planning.

The recent acceleration of climate change together with the exponential change of crops that have been occurring especially in certain areas of the Spanish geography, accompanied by a general rise in temperatures, especially in the Mediterranean, has given way to an over-exploitation of the fundamental water resource For life, water.

One of the most commonly used methods is the drilling of wells for groundwater collection; This illegal activity has led to multiple perforations throughout the Spanish geography, which in turn constitute an important risk for people and animals, once the activity has been abandoned.

The SEPRONA of the Civil Guard has been developing this operation through the monitoring and control of underground aquifers, but also the surface ones, since the aquifers are interrelated. The results of the operation confirm the detection of other related crimes associated with these practices, which has meant a comprehensive action in the field of the environment.

Featured Performances

Doñana National Park Aquifer

Investigation and detection of extractions and deviations of illegal water. 28 excavations and 37 illegal wells were detected. In the course of the operation, which is still open, 13 legal entities and 16 natural persons have been investigated.

Lucena del Puerto (Huelva)

In Lucena del Puerto (Huelva), agents of the Section of the SEPRONA of Huelva with the support of other Units of the Command and of the personnel of the Reserve and Security Group, proceeded to the closure of 77 illegal wells, all following actions initiated in 2012 that originated one of the most important investigations carried out against illegal water extraction.

Illegal evictors in Murcia

The Section of the SEPRONA of Murcia completed an operation that had been developing since 2017, in which they located and sealed 38 displacement plants and 35 irregular wells. Many of the evictors were inside camouflaged areas in the subsoil to avoid detection, and others were even installed on vehicle trailers.

This operation is framed within the specific ones for the reduction of crimes against wildlife and destruction of habitat, as well as for the clarification of criminal responsibility in these types of crimes, provided by the LIFE Guardians of Nature Project against environmental crime, funded by the European Union, and in which the Civil Guard Nature Protection Service participates as a beneficiary partner.

For more information you can contact the Press Office of the Civil Guard SEPRONA at 608251069.

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