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Puentes Reservoir

Situation

Puentes IV dam is located at the confluence of the rivers Luchena and Vélez, which, in turn, form the River Guadalentín. The latter is a tributary of the Segura river on the right bank.

The dam is about 12 km (as the crow flies) to the NW of Lorca (province of Murcia). From Murcia to the reservoir there is a distance of about 80 km.

Currently the reservoir works and access roads are the property of the Directorate-General for Waters, belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture, Foodd and Environment, and the Segura Hydrographic Confederation is in charge of their operation.

The coordinates of the point where the river meets the reservoir based on Greenwich meridian are as follows::

X 1° 49' 5 " West
Y 37 ° 44' 9 " North

U.T.M. coordinates :

Reference system ETRS89. Time zone= 30
X=604.040
Y=4.177.041


Access to the dam and reservoir

Puentes Dam IV is located at the confluence of the rivers Luchena and Vélez, which, in turn form the river Guadalentín. The latter is a tributary of the Segura on the right bank.

The dam is located about 12 km (as the crow flies) to the NW of Lorca (province of Murcia). The distance from Murcia to the reservoir is about 80 km.

The access to the Puentes Reservoir facilities from Murcia is along the 340 or E-15 main road from Murcia to Almería. On arriving at Lorca there are two possible ways to reach Puentes: one on each bank of the River Guadalentín (plans are under way for a direct access between the Lorca by-pass at the turn-off in the centre of Caravaca de la Cruz that will connect with the access road to the dam on the left bank). The two access roads are connected to each other between Lorca and the dam by a road that fords the Guadalentín.

The access on the right bank begins in Lorca, once the stone bridge over the Guadalentín has been crossed along MU-701 road toward Baños de Fuensanta and La Parroquia: about 11 km upstream from the bridge there is a turn-off, to the North, the access road to the dam, which is reached about 4 km later.

The access on the left bank, also from Lorca, is made by going toward Caravaca de la Cruz: near Lorca, after about 50 m, take a turn-off to the left, which will take you to access road passing over the Main Road.

The location of the reservoir can be seen in the following map:


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