Crisis as rain in Spain doesn't fall on the plain

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7 June 2005, MADRID — Water supplies across Spain have reached almost half their normal capacity as the country experiences its worst drought for nearly 60 years.

7 June 2005

MADRID — Water supplies across Spain have reached almost half their normal capacity as the country experiences its worst drought for nearly 60 years.

The country's main rivers have lost 41 percent of their reserves in just a year.

The water reserves have reached 58 percent of what they should be as Spain heads for the worst drought since 1947.

In Spain there is now one percent less water than there was a week ago.

Most worrying are the reserves near the Mediterranean.

At Segura reserves are only 17 percent of their capacity while at Jucar they are 30 percent.

Other reserves in Catalonia in north-east Spain and in the reserves at Tajo are also worryingly low.

The Spanish environment ministry said rainfall across the country has been scarce. The heaviest fall was in Navacerrada with 31 litres per square metres.

But the main rivers have lost 41 percent of their capacity in the past year because of the lack of rain. 

The river with the largest supply of water is the Duero where flow was measured at 165 metres per second.

But the fall in the rivers is worst in the Garray in Soria, where there was 10sqm per second, compared with 11 last year.

At Aranda, Villamarcel, near Valladolid there are 5 sqm per second compared with 22 last year, and at Toro at Zamora, where there is 24 sqm per second where there had been 116 last year.

The most dramatic illustration of the level of the drought is at the Tajo, where there are only six sqm per second, while at the same time last year, 114 sqm flowed every second.

The Tietar, a tributary of the river Tajo, is practically dry, while last year 61sqm of water flowed through its banks every second.

Spain's biggest river, the Ebro, had only 57 sqm flowing through its causeway every second, whereas at the same time last year there was 131 sqm.

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Subject: Spanish news


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