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Barcelona holds drought summit


The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès has announced he wants to share the current situation regards the drought

The summit will take place on Friday, March 31, starting at 5 pm at the Palau de la Generalitat.

This was announced by the government spokesperson, Patrícia Plaja, at a press conference after the Consell Executiu, who explained that the interdepartmental commission on drought met on Monday with all the ministers, where “the need to achieve water savings in all areas” was reaffirmed and a joint message was to be conveyed from all departments.

At this meeting, according to Plaja, all ministers were tasked with a report that specifies “immediate” actions to reduce water consumption.

According to Plaja, the report on immediate actions should address the reduction of water consumption from the public sector but also how the private sector can help save water.

“All sectors are important and should feel called upon in this need,” defended Plaja, after highlighting that the government will work on grants and subsidies to increase the efficiency of water services, study lines of improvement in industrial uses, and streamline the process of analyzing the quality of water from wells.

Levels at 27%

After specifying that water reserves in internal basins in Catalonia are at 27%, she pointed out that short and medium-term weather forecasts are not “very optimistic,” adding that it should rain a lot to reverse the current drought.

Plaja has noted that measures to protect the water supply, expedite actions, and deter and penalize non-compliance are included in the decree of measures that will be voted on in Parliament on Wednesday and she hopes it will be approved.

She has also claimed the work done by the government for the past two years to address the climate emergency and has taken the opportunity to specify other measures they will carry out, such as requesting the expansion of the Tordera desalination plant and improving drinking water treatment plants in the Besòs and Llobregat basins until 2027.

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