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El Mayés Reservoir


El Mayés Reservoir is located in the Municipal District of Ojós (Murcia). It was designed and built as part of the “Works for the Canal on the Right Bank of the Segura. Ojós Pumping Station. Regulating Reservoir” for the purpose of collecting the waters received by the Ojós Reservoir Pumping Station in order to, by means of the Canal on the Right Bank of the Segura, meet the demands for irrigation of Zone V (Yéchar, Casa Alta and Campos del Río), Sangonera, Librilla, Alhama, Totana, Lorca, Almería and for supplying Lorca. It was built in a downstream boundary for the storage area existing in the Rambla del Mayés, a small stream that is a tributary of the Segura river.

The coordinates of the point where the river meets the reservoir comes as follows:

Geographical coordinates (based on the Greenwich meridian):
X 38º 6´ 44,53” North
Y 1º 22´ 30,56” West

Reference system ETRS89. Time zone= 30

The nearest railway station is Archena-Fortuna, exactly 10.2 km away, on the RENFE Madrid–Albacete-Murcia-Cartagena line (Line LR15). The nearest airport is Murcia-San Javier, 73.2 km away.

Access to the dam and reservoir

The access to the dam is from Murcia on the Madrid-Cartagena 301 main road, turning left at Archena and taking the MU-411 minor road, then the Archena-Mula MU-530 minor road for about six kilometres (6 km), where you will find the Segura Right Bank Distribution Canal Service Road. Follow this road and after approximately four kilometres two hundred metres (4.2 km) you will see the dam installations on the right. These installations are connected with the headquarters of the Segura Hydrographic Confederation by means of a transmitter-receiver, as well as by a telephone line with the number 968 67 10 14.

The largest nearest city is Murcia, which is 34.1 km away. Smaller towns which are also nearby are: Molina de Segura (23.6 km), Alcantarilla (30.4 km) and Cieza (33.9 km). The nearest town (without taking into account small scattered villages) is Archena, 10.2 km away.

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

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