Drought in Catalonia: restrictions on consumption and emergency measures

Drought in Catalonia: restrictions on consumption and emergency measures

The drought situation in Catalonia has reached a critical point, leading authorities to implement drastic measures to conserve water supply.

One of these measures is the limitation of consumption to 200 liters per inhabitant/day in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB). Those who exceed this limit will receive a warning letter from the AMB, urging them to use water responsibly.

The main objective of these restrictions is to preserve available water resources and ensure that everyone has access to a minimum amount of water during drought. In addition to limiting domestic consumption, measures are also being taken to reduce water use in non-essential activities, such as filling private swimming pools or watering gardens.

Strategies to cope with drought in Catalonia

The reduction of water pressure at the taps of seven municipalities in the metropolitan area is another measure that will be implemented soon.

This action will affect some 90,000 people and aims to address problems in the water distribution network, such as leaks and breakdowns, which contribute to the waste of resources.

Likewise, the warning letter to be received by consumers who exceed the water consumption limit will also be sent to approximately 24,000 subscribers who consume more than 200 liters per inhabitant/day.

These letters are intended to make users aware of the importance of reducing their water consumption and respecting the restrictions imposed during the drought.

Drought in Catalonia is not a new problem, but the measures taken by the authorities are a reminder of the urgency of addressing this problem in an effective and sustainable manner.

Urgent measures to save water

In addition to restrictions for individual consumers, the AMB is also taking measures to control water consumption by large users, such as industries and supermarkets.

Companies with consumption in excess of 20,000 cubic meters per year will be required to implement additional water saving measures and to differentiate between water used for industrial processes and other purposes.

It is important to note that these measures are part of a broader effort to address the water crisis in Catalonia. The lack of rainfall and overexploitation of water resources have led to the need for urgent action to ensure water availability in the future.

However, these temporary measures are not sufficient to solve the problem in the long term. Significant investment in water distribution infrastructure and sustainable water resources management is needed to adequately address the crisis.

Emergency measures require changes in behavior and long-term water consumption practices.