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The rains in Easter increased Spain's water reserve to 63.1% of its capacity

Over 100 liters of water per square meter fell in vast areas in the south, center, and north of Spain during Easter week. That is more than three times the rainfall that usually falls in almost the entire national territory in this week of the year. However, there was little rain in the eastern peninsula, the Cantabrian Sea, and the southern Canary Islands. Thanks to the rains, the capacity of the Guadalquivir river basin increased from 30% to 42.9%, according to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition.

The capacity of the Catalonia, Segura, Andalusian Mediterranean, and Guadalete-Barbate basins also improved. However, they continue to be deficient. The rains helped increase water levels, especially in the Eastern Cantabrian, Basque Country, Galicia Costa, and Miño-Sil reservoirs, which were already nearly full. The water volume of three major rivers, the Douro, Tagus, and Ebro, also increased significantly.

Spain currently has a water supply of 35,375 cubic hectometers (hm³) i.e. almost the same as the 35,526 hm³ ten-year average for this time of year. Last year the water reserve stood at 28,886 hm³. Navarra has 95% of its water capacity, while Murcia, Andalusia, and the Valencian Community have the lowest water resources.

According to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), nearly 120 liters per square meter were collected in March. As a result, the river basins of the west of the country are no longer in a drought situation. The rain may have helped alleviate the drought in several basins, but much of Spain lacks long-term rainfall. The geographical differences in precipitation are remarkable. The west and center of the country received more than 150% more water than usual. In contrast, the east and some archipelagos received less than half the usual level.


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