PALMA's reservoirs received 388 litres of water per square metre in April, which made it the wettest April recorded for 17 years.
The amount of rainfall recorded in April has guaranteed the water supply for the whole year, as the two reservoirs are currently at 95 percent of their total capacity. According to sources from EMAYA (Palma's water and drainage company), April was one of the wettest on record, as the 388 litres per square metre recorded amply exceeded the 319 litres per square metre which fell in 2002, a quantity which, until now, had always been used as a reference when quantifying the amount of water accumulated by the reservoirs during one month. The torrential rain which fell during last month, which forced water to be let out of the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs as they were at 100 percent of their capacity, meant that during the first four months of the year EMAYA's reservoirs recorded levels of rainfall which reached 626 litres per square metre, a “very notable” figure if you take into account that during the whole of 2005 a total of 643 litres per square metre was recorded. At the moment the situation with the reservoirs can be described as “excellent” as they are at 95 percent of their total capacity, holding more that 11 million cubic metres of water. In fact, the Gorg Blau reservoir is at 99.92 percent of its capacity, with 7'335 million cubic metres of water, while the Cuber reservoir is at 88.13 percent, with more than four million cubic metres. The EMAYA sources said that this guarantees the supply of water to all their clients for the whole of 2007, as they can also count on additional sources of water such as springs, wells and the desalination plant. Traditionally, the months of June, July and August are the driest of the year, and proof of this is that during 2006 just 29 litres per square metre was received by the reservoirs over these three months. So the fact that the reservoirs are “practically full” at the moment guarantees the supplies into autumn and winter, times when the greatest rainfall is usually recorded in this area of the Serra de la Tramuntana.