Winter rains offset fears of summer drought

29th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2006, MADRID — National water reserves have risen by three percent offering some hope of being able to withstand another summer drought.

29 March 2006

MADRID — National water reserves have risen by three percent offering some hope of being able to withstand another summer drought.

The Environment Ministry said latest figures showed last week's rains meant  the country's reserves now stood at 56.9 percent of normal capacity.

This means Spain's reservoirs are now just 1.4 percent below the level they were a year ago at this point in the year.

Water authorities will be hoping Spring rains will bolster supplies still further, but overall the outlook is more promising.

In the north reserves were very healthy, standing at 85 percent in Cantabria and Asturias.

But in the south, supplies are still perilously low.

In the Segura River region, which is the worst-hit area of Spain, water reservoirs stood at just 16.9 percent.

In the River Juçar valley, near Valencia, the water network stood at 23.6 percent.

Intensive agriculture in the form of tomato farming and huge expanses of golf courses in the driest regions of Spain put a huge strain on the resources.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news 

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