Summer Is On Its Way but Malaga Water Reserves Are Struggling

Summer Is On Its Way but Malaga Water Reserves Are Struggling
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Summer Is On Its Way but Malaga Water Reserves Are Struggling.

SUMMER is on its way but water reserves in Malaga are at a three-year low, with the La Viñuela reservoir currently sitting at only 32 per cent of its full capacity.

Summer is fast approaching and according to Axarquia Plus, the Malaga province’s water reserves are at the lowest level that has been seen in the last three years.


Malaga has seven reservoirs, and according to data provided by the Hidrosur Network, they currently have nearly 79 cubic hectometres less than they had only a year ago. Currently the reservoirs have sufficient water to supply about three years’ usage though. Each year the province utilises some 114 cubic hectometres of water.

The worst situation water wise can be seen at the La Viñuela reservoir. According to Malaga Hoy, this is the largest reservoir in the province but it is also the emptiest. Currently it is only at 32 per cent capacity.

The reservoir that is doing best this year is the Guadalteba, which is sitting at practically the same water level as last year and is 77.5 per cent full.

Despite recent rainfall, this “water year” could be described as dry according to the “standardised precipitation index (SPI) collected by the Hidrosur Network, which depends on the Regional Ministry of the Environment” as reported Malaga Hoy.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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