As heat wave goes on, water reserves dry up
18 July 2006, MADRID — Water reserves fell below half their normal levels on Tuesday, authorities said.
18 July 2006
MADRID — Water reserves fell below half their normal levels on Tuesday, authorities said.
Now reserves across Spain only have an average of 49.7 percent of the amount of water which they should hold.
This means overall levels have fallen by 1.2 percent in the past week.
The largest drop has been in the River Duero valley, where levels have gone down by 242 cubic metres.
The environment ministry said reserves were 20 points below the average at this time of year taken over the past ten years.
The heatwave has meant no rain has fallen in most areas. In the areas where there has been some rain, it has failed to compensate for the loss of water.
The worst hit reservoir is in the River Segura valley in southeast Spain, where it stands at 15 percent of its normal capacity.
In contrast, in Galicia and in the north of Leon, reserves stood at 77 percent of capacity.
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Subject: Spanish news