Drought forces Barcelona to import emergency water

A tanker carrying nearly 23 million litres of drinking water arrived at the port of Barcelona on Tuesday to help the city cope with the holiday season, the Guardian reported. Spain is suffering its worst drought since records began.

Reservoirs in the region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital, are down to just over a quarter of normal capacity. A year ago they stood at almost double that, the report said.

In an unprecedented emergency plan, which will cost 22 million Euros (nearly US$34 million), six shiploads of water from southern Spain areto arrive in Barcelona each month for three months.

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