The ‘decree of exceptionality’ due to drought across Catalonia has forced many local councils, Sitges included, to apply severe restrictions on watering, and which has significantly affected the maintenance of trees and plants in public spaces.
In Sitges, the local council has had to limit the watering to young trees only, to help their survival.
The local departments for ‘Environmental Action and Ecological Transition’ and for ‘Image and Public Ways’ have been coordinating to work across the board and show their commitment to try and tackle the issue.
The local councillor for ‘Image and Public Ways’, Cristina Guiu, said that ‘we try to reach everything possible, but in a state of emergency all the limitations of the exceptionality phase apply’.
The local council is planning to form a working group for the Management of Urban Trees to ensure greenery in Sitges based on native species that can survive future drought episodes. In parallel, formulas are also being studied to reuse water from the Sitges-Sant Pere de Ribes treatment plant. The local council has also acknowledged the spontaneous but responsible and conscious citizen initiatives that have been helping to water some of the trees in Sitges.
The local councillor for Environmental Action and Ecological Transition, Carme Gasulla, said: ‘We applaud and support all citizen initiatives that help the survival of our trees and plants, because each and every one of us must become aware of the serious problem we have and be also part of the solution.’
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