Famished Reservoirs

On the 10th of this month, the province's reservoirs stood on average at 33% of their maximum capacity. Compared with last February, that's 27% down.

GRA Rules 400x250 FB22In other words, Granada’s eleven reservoirs are only a third full at the tail end of winter, which appears to confirm a tendency because each February for the last three years there is less water stored.

The Spanish meteorological agency, Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (Aemet) uses a 30-year period between 1980 and 2010 for its average markers and based on this, from September 2021 and the 5th of February rainfall was 60% down because it has been practically inexistent.

If the situation continues in this fashion over the next few weeks, the authorities will have to introduce restrictions – over in the Axarquía this is already the case.

So, we know the average for the eleven reservoirs, but what about on an individual level? San Clemente, which is right up in north-west Granada in the municipality of Huéscar, it is at 13.6 of its maximum capacity, which is 117.3 cubic hectometres.

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Next is Colomera in the municipality of this name, which stands at 15%. Negratín, just outside Guadix, (which is also the largest in the province, capable of storing 567 cubic hectometres) stands at 22.8%.

At the other end of the scale are those that are over two thirds full: El Portillo (Castril) stands at 69.7% full, and Béznar (Valle de Lecrín) stands at 66%.

The reservoirs that serve the city of Granada are also in a healthy state: Canales and Quéntar stand at 51.4% and 60% respectively.

(News: Granada, Andalucia)

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