It’s been a scorcher this August, with temperatures in some places reaching over 40 degrees. This hot summer weather was a hit with the region’s tourists and beach goers, but meant that the amount of water used sky-rocketed. Figures released by the Andalusian Water authority show that, in the last two weeks, the amount of water used is the equivalent of that required to supply Malaga city for three months!
The reasons behind these figures are numerous, including the high population increase during August thanks to tourism to the beaches and also the Malaga Feria, high evaporation levels thanks to the heat, swimming pools being filled and gardens and farm land requiring more water than usual.
Thankfully, there was significant rainfall at the beginning of the year which filled the reservoirs almost to capacity. Even after the summer, Malaga reservoirs are at 45 per cent capacity compared to less than 22 per cent at this time last year. This is a good sign for the rest of the year.
Story courtesy of the Sur in English, click here to read the full story.