Water restrictions bite as reserves fall to 15-year low

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4 October 2005, MADRID — Spain's water reserves have fallen to their lowest point in 15 years.

4 October 2005

MADRID — Spain's water reserves have fallen to their lowest point in 15 years.

And water restrictions have begun to bite, with showers turned off on the beaches of holiday resorts like Estepona on the Costa del Sol.

According to data from the last hydrological year, which is measured between 1 October and 30 September, reserves are down to 39 percent of their capacity.

The environment ministry said the average rainfall was 403.4 litres per square metre – the lowest figure for 15 years and much lower than the average since figures were recorded in 1930.

Cristina Narbona, environment minister, said the past year had been "dramatic" after the extreme drought.

She said that though there were was "much to do" to tackle the situation, she said desalinization plants and recycling more water would help.

During the past week, reservoirs in Spain have lost an average of 265 square hectares of water.

The worst situation was in the River Segura Basin where reserves have fallen to 116 square hectares of water – just 10 percent of their capacity.

The basins of the rivers Duero, Tajo, Guadiana, Guadalquivir, Sur, Júcar and Ebro were all under 50 percent of capacity.

Rainfall has been lower than the last major drought between 1990-95.

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Subject: Spanish news

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