Barcelona suffering from a severe and long-standing water shortage now has to import water. On Tuesday, the first tanker arrived and brought some 20,000 cubic meters of water. This amount of water just settles the daily consumption of 170,000 people. Further shipments from Spanish Tarragona and French Marseille are awaited eagerly in the next months.
However, these shipments are just a drop in the ocean and thus, Barcelona needs to find a proper solution. The authorities introduced many restrictions on water consumption and an ambitious but contentious pipeline project which should deliver water from the river Rhône from France is in the planning stage.
Spain suffers from the worst drought ever recorded but is not making strides towards water efficiency and sustainable water use. More on this: Water scarcity in Spain – Barcelona is drying up
Climate scientists forecast similar problems and even drier conditions for many parts of the world in the near future. Barcelona is the first big city in Europe which suffers from the consequences of climate change, but other cities and places are likely to follow. Be it droughts or floodings, severe storms or other extreme weather events. Places like London or Rotterdam build storm surge barriers, others like Barcelona struggle to get enough water. The global climate change is a challenge for every part of the earth and it will impact the people, the economy and nature in many ways. Water will be decisive – rising sea levels and floodings threaten some people, others will suffer from threatening water shortages: The most precious resource I & II
A BBC video showing the effect of the drought at an almost empty reservoir near Barcelona: