Gorg Blau reservoir, way below capacity.

29-08-2016Cati Cladera

Majorca is currently in the grip of its worst drought for the past decade with water reserves at just 44 per cent at a time when the island is breaking all tourism records and demand for water is at an all time high.

In July alone, 2,442,948 holidaymakers visited the island, making Majorca the most visited island in Spain.

The ten municipalities in the centre of the island (the plain of Majorca) are now on drought alert, while the rest of the island is on a "prealert", although Palma and Calvia are moving very close to be on a drought footing.

Esporles, for example, is suffering overnight water cuts and in Valledmossa and Estellencs, for example, people have been asked to ration their water usage.

Palma’s municipal services agency Emaya spent 5.5 million euros on desalinated water between January and July. By the end of the year it is anticipated that it will have paid 8.6 million euros to the government’s water agency Abaqua for this water.

Emaya envisages continuing the purchase of desalinated water during the autumn. The current situation with the reservoirs is that the levels are well below the 56.5% capacity that there was at this time last year (at the start of the 2015 summer the capacity was at 80%).

Between January and 23 August, almost 6.5 million cubic metres of desalinated water were bought from the plant in Palma. The highest amount was in July (1.23 million), with the amount for the month up to 23 August having been over 930,000.

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Juan Roig / Hace over 3 years

Greedy know it all Mallorcans are their own worst enemy.

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S. / Hace over 4 years

Water shortage has always been a major problem for Mallorca. I recall water being shipped from the UK to the Island several years ago.. Perhaps at least one more Desalination Plant is needed?. YES !! I know, fund it from the Tourist Tax. Increase taxation, especially on the very rich landowners !.etc.

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Mike / Hace over 4 years

We are sick and tired of telling the hotel gardeners to stop leaving the hoses running all day it's a pointless exercise watering gardens during the heat of The day do it at night so as to let the water sink in then you will only need a fraction the water your wasting simple

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