The new hydrological year began on October 1 and is becoming the worst in the Axarquía since 1994 when the last major significant drought occurred in the province of Málaga.  Water from the Limonero reservoir, north of Málaga, began arriving in the area last month.

In mid-December, the reservoir at La Viñuela was 17.25 per cent full and was holding 28.54 cubic hectometres of water, compared with the 43.47 cubic hectometres in storage 12 months earlier.  Only 5.9 millimetres of rain water had been collected there since October 1.

Earlier last month, the city of Málaga began supplying water to the Viñuela reservoir.  Three cubic hectometres was sent from the Limonero reservoir, immediately north of the city, via the pipe which connects the two.  In the first quarter of this year, a similar amount is expected to be supplied from the Chillar river following extensive work in the Nerja area.  These six hectometres are expected to be enough to see the Axarquía through the first months of 2022, even if there is scarce on no rainfall.

The Junta de Andalucía last month decreed “exceptional drought” for the Viñuela – Axarquía area, and stated that the reservoir was in “emergency due to serious scarcity.”  The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) says the province of Málaga is the area of Spain where drought is increasing most, and has assessed it as lying between “dry” and “extremely dry” on its measurement system.