Dry summer in Spain. The intense heat waves that we are experiencing and have experienced so far this season, together with the lack of rain, have left the reservoirs at 40% of their capacity, forcing the autonomies and municipalities to take measures to limit consumption of water.
Some of these restrictions involve supply cuts, a ban on filling swimming pools, watering or washing cars, measures aimed at guaranteeing consumption until the arrival of the long-awaited rains, which surprised this Tuesday several points of the Peninsula.
Next, we review the measures that each Autonomous Community has adopted in terms of water consumption to deal with the drought:
The municipalities of Poio, Sanxenxo, Marin, Bueu and Pontecaldelas They pledged to close the taps of footbaths and showers on the beaches, to prohibit the filling of swimming pools, the washing of streets or car washes, as well as to find and seal any water leaks in the network. power supply.
In addition, some municipalities Orense They have published notices to inform that non-essential uses are prohibited, such as cooking and personal hygiene and even, in certain specific cases, they warn of fines in the event of non-compliance with these obligations.
In Baltar and Boborashave prohibited the use of water to irrigate gardens, orchards and farms, fill swimming pools, wash cars or any type of vehicle, under penalty of fines.
The Generalitat de Catuluña has limited water consumption in 150 municipalities to 200 liters per person per day. In the town of Solsona, a week ago, water was supplied by tank trucks to one of the reservoirs of the municipal network.
In Barcelonait is expected that the use of water in the metropolitan area will be limited from the month of September, as seen in the following video.
Andalusia is already applying restrictions in some provinces and the Council demanded an urgent meeting of the central government to approve a drought decree with a high financial allocation. In Malaga, town halls have applied restrictions such as cutting off the water for showers on the beaches of Rincón de la Victoria and Vélez-Málaga since August 1st.
Over the past few weeks, night restrictions have been maintained and water has been distributed in tankers in the area of Antequera. In Huelvaten municipalities in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche region suffered restrictions at night, adding to the lack of water infrastructure in the province.
The lack of water mainly affects the Badajoz region tentudie. Regarding the nine municipalities that make up this municipality, there is an express recommendation not to use the water to irrigate the gardens or to wash the streets, nor to fill the swimming pools or wash the cars. More specifically, in Bodonal de la Sierrarural houses have water restrictions for a few hours, an average which, however, does not affect the urban area.
Castile and Leon
Some institutions have made decisions related to the drought, such as national heritagewhich cut the water games season of the historic fountains of the Gardens of the Royal Palace of San Ildefonso, in the Segovian municipality of La Granja. And, in some municipalities, such as Barruelo de Santullán in Palencia, municipalities have taken additional measures against the drought, such as bans on filling private swimming pools, washing cars and watering gardens due to the drought.
Water restrictions in small towns, those supplied with water from small springs or upper reaches of rivers, such as Mistakewhere the city council has banned the irrigation of orchards and restricted water at night due to the scarcity that mainly affects the populations of the Pyrenean and Cantabrian parts.
Restrictions in some areas where municipalities must source water from rivers and aquifers. For now, only the garden wateringthe filling of private swimming pools and the car washamong other non-essential activities.
Spain is no exception in Europe
Since Brussels spoke about this drought, transferring a recommendation to deal with it. The European Commission urges Member States to reuse treated urban wastewater for irrigation in the agricultural sector.
“In these times of unprecedented temperature peaks it is our duty to stop wasting water and use this resource more efficiently to adapt to climate change and ensure the security and sustainability of our agricultural supply,” said Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius.
In The Netherlands, the country’s government has officially recognized the scarcity of water they suffer from, although for the moment it has not announced any restrictive measures. Of course, they do not rule out going in this direction if the drought persists.
“The persistent drought means there is no a national demand for water greater than that which enters our country by rain and rivers. This is expected to continue for some time, meaning further measures may follow in the coming weeks to distribute the water,” the central government said in a statement.