The Viñuela swamp is at 9% of its capacity

According to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Democratic Challenge's latest report on the State of the Reservoirs, published on November 15, Spain's water reserve is at 32.5% of its total capacity. The report also states that the water reserve of the Guadalquivir continues to fall and now stands at 18.6% of its capacity. The country's reservoirs currently store 18,249 hm³ of water, fortunately, in the last week, the water level increased by 91 hm³ (0.2% of the current total capacity of the reservoirs).

With a total capacity of 8,113 hm³, the Guadalquivir basin currently has less than 1,500 hm³.

In Andalusia, the Guadalete-Barbate basin is at 21.4% of its capacity, the Guadiana basin is at 23%, and the Mediterranean Andalusian basin is at 34.7% of its capacity. The Tinto, Odiel, and Piedras basin is at 63.8% of its capacity, the highest percentage of all the basins analyzed by the Ministry.

The individual data of the swamps is also worrying and in some cases, such as that of the Viñuela, the situation can be qualified as "critical". According to the Andalusian Environmental Information Network (Rediam), with data as of November 22, 2022, the Viñuela swamp - which should be irrigating more than 6,300 hectares of crops in the region of La Axarquia (mainly of tropical products) - is at 9% of its capacity, with only 15.4 hm³ of the 165.4 hm³ of its total capacity.

The level of the swamps in the provinces of the eastern coast of Andalusia right before winter is certainly alarming: the Iznajar swamp, located between the provinces of Cordoba, Granada, and Malaga, is at 12% of its capacity; the Bermejales swamp, located in the southwest of the province of Granada, at 11%; the Beninar swamp in the province of Almeria is at 13% of its capacity, and the Cuevas de Almanzora swamp at 18%.

In contrast, the Beznar and Rules swamps in Grenada remain at 67% and 54% of their capacity, respectively.


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