Severe drought in Spain leaves reservoirs at 45% capacity

The drought in Spain leaves reservoirs with an average capacity of 45%. image: google maps – dominico

Reservoirs across Spain are said to be at around 45% capacity due to drought

A continued shortage of rainfall in Spain has led to a dramatic drought in the country. With temperatures reported rising again this week, the outlook looks bleak at the moment.

According to government data, Spain’s water supply is in extremely poor condition, with the country’s reservoirs currently holding only around 44.8% of their capacity.

This figure is 8% lower than the corresponding date of 2021. If the range is open to data from the last decade, the current reserve is 14 points below the average.

In the worst state is the Guadalquivir area, with its watershed containing only 28.6% of its total capacity. It is closely followed by the Andalusian reservoirs of Guadalete-Barbate, Guadiana and the entire Andalusian Mediterranean basin in general.

That of the Segura is at 35.2%, that of the Tagus at 46% and that of the Duero at 49.1%. The interior basins of Catalonia are at 57.2%.

Better conditions are observed in the water reserves of Tinto, Odiel and Piedras, which stand at 73.8%, and Cantabrico Oriental at 87.7%. The only reserve in Spain that exceeds 90% of its capacity is the internal basin of the Basque Country, which is currently at 95.2%.

Agriculture has particularly serious consequences in times of drought. This current situation, combined with drier spring temperatures, can spoil crops, especially in southern and eastern Spain.

The forecasts are not good. Rain isn’t forecast for at least the next ten days, and even when it does arrive, it probably won’t be enough to significantly raise water levels, as reported.


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