Due to drought, several hundred Portuguese towns already provide drinking water to their inhabitants in water carts. Most transports are carried out in the north-east of the country.
According to the estimates of the Environmental Agency for Portugal (APA) quoted by the media, every week, due to the deepening drought, there are more and more towns in this country supplying local populations with water in water carts. The institution estimates their number at several hundred.
The district with the most drinking water transports is Braganca, in the northeast. Until mid-August, 114 localities were supplied with water carts there.
According to estimates by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the current year is the second driest in the history of the country. Less rainfall was recorded only in 1931.
The institute’s management noted that March was the only month of higher than average rainfall this year. She specified that now 100 percent. Portugal mainland area is subject to drought.