Reservoirs in Spain at lowest level since 1995

by Lorraine Williamson
Tajo reservoir in Spain

Reservoirs in Spain lost 705 cubic hectometres this week, representing 1.3% of their total capacity. This was announced by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. The figures show that the reservoirs currently contain 21,291 cubic hectometres. 

This puts the reservoirs in Spain at 37.9% of their capacity. Currently, the reservoirs contain 10,638 cubic hectometres less than the average for the decade. That is just over 4,000 less than the same period last year.  

In 1995, levels were also extremely low. In the same week of August, 27 years ago, Spanish reservoirs contained less than 15,000 cubic hectometres of water, according to Ministry data.  

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This week it rained on the Atlantic coast and to a lesser extent on the Mediterranean coast. Most rain fell in Albacete with 14.2 mm (14.2 l/m2).  

Reservoirs in Spain

The reserve is 69.9% in eastern Cantabria; 60.4% in western Cantabria; 49.9% in the Miño-Sil; 59.9% in Galicia-Costa; 81% in the internal basins of the Basque Country. The share of the Tinto, Odiel and Piedras is 68.6%; that of the Júcar 57.3%; and that of the Ebro 48.5%.  

Meanwhile, eight river basins store less than half of their permissible capacity. They are the reservoirs of the Duero basin, with 40.6%; the Tajo, with 39.5%; the Guadiana, with 25.3%; the Guadalete-Barbate, with 26.3%; the Guadalquivir, with 23.2%; the Andalucian Mediterranean basin, with 43.8%; the Segura, with 39.2%; and the internal basins of Catalonia, with 40.9%. 

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