Authorities in Catalonia, Spain’s northeast region, announced a drought emergency due to historically low reservoir levels. Reservoirs serving 6 million people, including Barcelona’s population, are below 16% capacity.

Residential and municipal water use is restricted to 200 litres per person daily. Catalan regional president Pere Aragonès stated, “We are entering a new climate reality,” anticipating more intense and frequent droughts. Barcelona also declared a drought emergency, imposing significant fines for water rule violations