The lack of precipitations and rise in temperatures in Portugal - by the end of September, 80% of the national territory was facing severe drought (source: dn.pt) - has resulted in a very serious water scarcity. The level of water in reservoirs across the country is way below the normal levels expected at this time of the year: in the city of Viseu, water has been transported by road tankers so the waterworks can keep on running. However, it has been predicted that the closest dam, Barragem de Fagilde, won’t have enough water to supply the population in approximately 20 days (source: tsf.pt). Next week, the municipality of Viseu will have to be supplied by train.
This alarming situation raises once again the issue of how we manage and use a resource which is becoming increasingly rare. It is also important to note that the impacts of water scarcity are being felt now, at this very moment. Every measure we can take towards saving water matters - by taking short showers, by not leaving the taps running and by keeping water clean. We can’t stress it enough: every drop counts.