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AMAL approves measures to fight drought in Algarve

Stricter measures to fight the Algarve’s severe drought have been approved by the Algarve Municipalities Association (AMAL). Some measures are already in place while others are starting to be implemented.

One of the main goals is to reduce the irrigation of green spaces, which require large quantities of water, by using plant species that require less water, AMAL said in a statement on its website.

Using treated wastewater to “clean streets and containers” is another of the measures agreed upon, as well as campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of using water wisely.

Each municipality in the Algarve has also agreed to come up with a list of measures to be implemented locally, considering their own specific needs, as soon as this month.

AMAL adds that these measures will complement those which have already been approved by the Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA) on February 24 during a meeting involving AMAL, the Algarve Regional Development and Coordination Commission (CCDR/Algarve), regional water authority Águas do Algarve and representatives from tourist and golf companies and other entities.

Despite the dire situation in the Algarve, AMAL president António Pina revealed last week that the region still has water for another two years (click here).

Meantime, some good news has arrived in the form of a rainy weather forecast for this week (click here)

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com