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Spain: drought, first restrictions on water in Barcelona

Due to lack of rain, also Malaga, Huelva and Pontevedra

(ANSAmed) - ROME, 02 AGO - Lack of rain and the unrelenting heat have led local administrators to impose water restrictions, although limited for the time being, in the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Malaga, Huelva and Pontevedra.
    Water reserves at the moment have a capacity of 41.9%, nearly 20 points less than normal reserves at this time of the year, the newspaper El Pais reported on Tuesday.
    Sources with the Catalan water agency (ACA), which manages the community's water reserves, explained that if the current trend persists (with insufficient rain at the source of rivers) reserves in September could be under 40%.
    The declaration of this state of alert, as occurred in 2008, means limiting maximum consumption to 250 liters a day per resident, cutting by 25% irrigation in the agricultural and industrial sectors or banning water in ornamental fountains.
    In Barcelona's case, the resources of five basins providing water to the city and the entire metropolitan area (Baells, Llosa de Cavall, Sau, Santa Ponç and Susqueda) are at 46% of their capacity, 30 points less compared to the average recorded over the past decade. (ANSAmed)

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