According to the latest data on the evolution of the drought situation in the region, only six of the 19 entities responsible for water supply – four municipalities (Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Silves and Vila do Bispo) and two companies municipalities (in Loulé and Olhão) – reduced consumption in January, compared to the same month in 2023.

In the opposite direction, all the remaining municipalities and companies that supply the region consumed more water last January than in the same month last year, with the main year-on-year increases being recorded in Albufeira, Portimão and Loulé, three of the main tourist municipalities.

The Algarve has been on alert due to drought since February 5th and the Government has already admitted to increasing the level of restrictions, declaring a state of calamity or environmental emergency, if the measures now implemented are insufficient to deal with water scarcity in the region.

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