Drought risk reduced

Heavy rainfall in December has greatly reduced the risk of water shortages throughout the summer months in the Algarve.

According to data released by the national water institute, Instituto de Água (INAG), the Arade dam in Silves council, which was only filled to eight per cent of its capacity in November, is now up to 49 per cent, representing a rise of 14 metres.

Odeleite dam in Castro Marim, which was up to 60 per cent capacity in November, has been filled to 97 per cent of its capacity by the heavy rains.

On average, the reservoirs across the Algarve have been replenished to 73.5 per cent capacity.

Across Portugal, the average water capacity from the country’s 55 monitored dams was up to 75 per cent following the December rains.

A total of 23 of the dams were filled to more than 80 per cent capacity.

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