Spanish police arrests users of illegal wells • Water News Europe - News EU water sector
The Spanish Police (Guardia Civil) recently arrested 133 people for illegal and unsafe extraction of ground water. In 2021 the Guardia Civil arrested 98 people for illegal water use. Surveillance and control of water resources, mainly aquifers, also made it possible to detect up to 2,326 administrative infractions.
The Spanish agents detected illegal wells, the construction of illegal water reservoirs and the illegal collection of water from riverbeds and streams. Most facilities lacked security measures and therefore they represent danger to people or animals. Especially when the structures are abandoned after such illegal use.