The General Director of Cultural Assets, Rafael Gómez, today visited the intervention that is being undertaken in the Azud de la Huerta or Azud de Mahoya, in Abanilla.
The action is aimed at recovering the ashlars dragged by last year's damage. The weir, although in disuse for a long time, constitutes one of the old pieces of the traditional irrigation infrastructure in the area.
This construction dates from the 18th century and stands on the bed of the Chícamo River.
As a result of the dana of September last year, it has disappeared by more than 90 percent, and only the abutment on the left bank remains visible, where the canal that fed the well-known 'Molino de Gaona' had its intake or 'Mill of the bridge'. "The Community undertakes its recovery, understanding that it is a cultural asset of the first order in the field of hydraulic architecture," according to Gómez, who was accompanied on the visit by the mayor of Abanilla, José Antonio Blasco. The intervention undertaken in 2020 aims to recover the original ashlars dragged by the dana and scattered over a wide area, which will make possible the reintegration and recovery of the weir in a future project.
"This intervention", said Gómez, "will prevent the definitive loss of this unique construction and represents another step in the recovery and enhancement of the traditional form of irrigation in the orchards of the area." The works are being carried out under the direction of the architect José Montoro, a recognized specialist in hydraulic heritage and an excellent connoisseur of the area.
This preliminary intervention involves an investment of 5,909 euros.