Reservoir levels at their lowest since 1990

WATER, WATER NOWHERE: Driest reservoir levels this century Photo credit: Euro Weekly News

ACCORDING to data provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, 2017 has become the driest year this century with reservoir levels at their lowest since 1990.

Data is based on weekly levels and those of week 41 of this year have only been lower on four other occasions since 1990.  The present level is 38.31 per cent of their total capacity was lower in 1995 with 25.89 per cent, 1994 (33.45), 1993 (36.64) and in 1992 (37.62).

In the same week of 2016 the reservoir levels were 12 percentage points higher, since they were at 50.49 per cent of their capacity. However, in the same period in 2013, the reservoirs were at 66.53 per cent of their total capacity.

The poorest conditions are those in the Segura basin with just 14.20 per cent, the Júcar with 25.59 per cent and the Duero on 31.52 per cent.

The recent heavy rainfall registered in Alicante where 14.6 litres per square metre were recorded compares to that across Spain as a whole which has, relatively speaking, been zero.

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