RESIDENTS of two towns in Malaga may have to give the ice-bucket challenge a miss, as their town halls are set to fine people who abuse public water.  

The sun-scorched towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco have introduced measures to safeguard dwindling water supplies.

Misuse of water includes watering gardens or roads, filling private swimming pools, washing cars (except by licensed companies) and topping up water tanks or ponds (except those used for community services).

Guilty water wasters could be fined up to €3,000. Yet figures suggest that up to 50% of the water supply is being ‘lost’ through leakage, due to the age of the towns’ ancient water pipes.

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