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Revista de geografía Norte Grande

On-line version ISSN 0718-3402

Abstract

ARAHUETES, Ana; VILLAR, Rubén  and  HERNANDEZ, María. El ciclo hidrosocial en la ciudad de Torrevieja: retos y nuevas tendencias. Rev. geogr. Norte Gd. [online]. 2016, n.65, pp.109-128. ISSN 0718-3402.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-34022016000300006.

The Spanish Mediterranean coast has needed to introduce, over the last decade, new sources of water supply in order to meet growing demand. Based on this situation, one of this study's objectives is to demonstrate the characteristics of the hydrosocial cycle in the city of Torrevieja and from this analysis, highlighting the measures that have been taken and have ensured the supply in a context of deficit water intensified by urban sprawl and large agricultural demands. To achieve these objectives the relations between ac-tors, metabolic processes and origin of water resources that form this hydrosocial cycle, from the theoretical perspective of Urban Political Ecology, are analyzed. The use of this methodology shows that the use of non-conventional resources has eased agricultural demand through reclaimed water, but has created new problems by incorporating desalinated water.

Keywords : Hydrosocial cycle; water resources; reuse; desalination; Spain.

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