Spain’s water shortage to get worse
The OECD warns that Spain will face the most dramatic water shortages in the European Union. The international organization sees a bleak outlook in which climate change will reduce rainfall and hurt agriculture and other industries (read: car washes).
More and more villages in southern Spain are expanding their water restrictions because of the ongoing drought. On the Costa del Sol, swimming pools are no longer allowed to be filled, while many municipalities are closing their water distribution at night. Consumers are not allowed to wash their cars at home or on the street. They can only do so at official car washes where the water is recycled.
The latest OECD report paints a grim picture of the future. Spain is already one of the three OECD countries with severe water stress. And it is likely to remain so until 2055, the report predicts. The country will have the most dramatic water shortage in the European Union.
This is likely to have serious implications for car washing in the future, making it all the more important to reduce and recycle the water we use.
Agriculture is by far the largest consumer of water in Spain. Agriculture consumes almost 80% of the water, so the drought will have serious consequences for farmers.
Currently, temperatures are way above average in Spain. Later this week it can get as hot as 47 degrees Celcius (117 degrees in Fahrenheit) in Sevilla.