The good news is that the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs are nearly 47 per cent full, compared to less than 20 per cent in the same month last year, according to EMAYA, the water board. Gorg Blau holds 1.9 cubic hectometres, 28 per cent of its capacity, while Cuber has 3.43 cubic hectometres, 74 per cent of its capacity. The recent rain has also helped replenish the water tables and Ses Ufanes is now 57 per cent full, Llucmajor 47 per cent, S'Estremera 41 per cent and Sa Pobla 19 per cent. On the downside, however, the Balearic government will have a reported surplus of four million cubic metres of water from the desalination plants this year, and the Palma city council is refusing to buy any more in order to maintain EMAYA's profits. The figures were provided by Antoni Rodriguez, the Balearic environment ministry's director general of water resources. The surplus will come from the plant on the bay of Palma and the mobile units installed by the Balearic government last summer because of the critical situation of water reserves.

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