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Water reserves in Spain stand at 57.8%

Spain's water reserves have decreased slightly and currently stand at 32,407 cubic hectometers (hm³), which is 57.8% of the total capacity. This entails a reduction of 11 hm³ compared to the previous week, as reported by the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (Miteco). Despite this decrease, an improvement has been observed in the basins of Catalonia, which historically have low water levels.

The Miteco report highlights that recent rainfall has primarily benefited Spain's Atlantic slope and has had a less significant impact on the Mediterranean slope. The highest amount of rainfall was recorded in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with a total of 48.2 liters per square meter.

Compared to the previous year, the current water reserves exceed the average by almost 3,400 hm³, although they are still 2,800 hm³ below the average of the last decade. Slight increases have been reported in basins that usually have critical water levels, namely the Duero, Guadiana, Guadalete Barbate, Guadalquivir, Andalusian Mediterranean, Segura and Júcar, and the inland basins of Catalonia.

The Meteorological Service of Catalonia (Meteocat) reported on the recent rainfall in this autonomous region, which has helped alleviate the situation of extreme drought. The reservoirs of the Ter Llobregat system, which supply 202 municipalities in Barcelona and Girona, have seen their reserves increase to 16.05% of their capacity. There has been rainfall all across Catalonia, with 10 to 20 milliliters in most of the territory and up to 40 mm in specific areas. There has also been snowfall in the Pyrenees.

The Miteco also reported that basins with traditionally high water levels, such as western Cantabria, Miño Sil, coastal Galicia, Basque Country, Tagus, and Tinto, Odiel y Piedras have experienced declines, while the situation remains stable in the basin of eastern Cantabria.


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