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Spanish seaside town beloved by millionaires that's plunged into 'third world' conditions

A Spanish town beloved by millionaires and British expats has been plunged into “third world” conditions.

Those in Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol were given a day’s warning to fill buckets and buy bottled water before the local authorities cut off the water.

Made up of large villas with gates and tall fences, the luxury resort is popular among royals, Russian oligarchs, celebrities and footballers.

The local authority announced a night-time water supply cut-off on Tuesday with the first taking place from 9pm Wednesday to 7am Thursday. 

They said it was needed due to the “prolonged drought with a severe shortage of water resources”, adding that despite rain over Easter there has not been enough water saved and that the area uses too much.

But Rob Brummer, 66, a former shipping director who has lived in the private gated resort for four years, said that by 10.30am he was still without water.

He told the Mail: “It came as a huge shock when we were only told of this the day before. The whole communication around this has failed completely. 

“Sotogrande is all big villas and with five golf courses it uses a lot of water but I lived in the Middle East for eight years and we never had any problem with water supply. There is a big school here with thousands of kids who will need to wash and brush their teeth every morning. How can they do that?

“Since 2013 there has been a drought in Spain but neither the national nor regional nor local councils have taken any appropriate action. The government for the area don’t care. They are far away and all we can do is complain and hope they listen.”

Other restrictions imposed on Sotogrande’s 2,500 residents earlier this year included a ban on watering gardens, cleaning roads and driveways, ornamental fountains, washing cars and filling private pools.

Dozens of families in the village of Valle Romano in the Costa del Sol have been left without water for up to five days. Residents in the village, in the hills above the town of Estepona, have complained of being unable to shower, use the toilet or even keep their children clean.

The drought is also causing concern for international holidaymakers with some families booking Airbnbs in Malaga being urged to follow local restrictions.

Spain’s Minister of Tourism issued a warning to tourists as they use nearly double the amount of water than residents in the area.

Spokesperson Arturo Berna said:”’We are sensitive to the drought situation that Andalusia is experiencing and we are analysing the implementation of some measure that affects the rations and efficient use of water. Any operation will necessarily have the consensus of the sector.”


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