Despite being a privileged region where water resources are concerned, in the 60s Asturias was experiencing serious problems with respect not only to the supply of water for both public and industrial consumption within the region, but also regarding the state of the Central Region’s rivers.
During the summer, the supply of water to population centres such as Gijón, with a great deal of industrial activity and a growing tourist sector, was limited to three hours per day, and in Oviedo water restrictions were in force by September on an annual basis, with the rest of the region faring little better.
On the other hand, the direct disposal of water used for mining and industrial activities as well as that of urban wastewater into rivers and streams had converted the Central Region’s principal watercourses into veritable open sewers.
In 1967, the Consortium for the Supply of Water and Sanitation in the Central Region of Asturias, Water Consortium, was created with the firm intention of resolving the aforementioned situation and providing a united front to tackle the problems of supply and sanitation. Currently, the Body is known as: