Spain is on the verge of drought, as the Tagus River, one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, is in danger of drying up completely, according to The Guardian.
‘’The river has collapsed through a combination of climate change, water transfer and the waste Madrid produces.” said Miguel Ángel Sánchez, spokesman of the Platform in Defence of the Tagus.
The river is believed to be in the region of 626 miles long, which totals to over 1,000 kms from Spain to Portugal, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon, according to Britannica.
This is not the first time the Tagus River has found itself facing roadblocks.
Over A Century Ago
A miscalculation of water availability has been identified a factor that has contributed to the issues are occurring.
This was because of a plan created in 1902 to siphon off water from Aragón and implement a diversion to the Segura River.
The plan was to construct irrigation systems in the arid South-East region.
This became known as the ‘Tajo Segura transfer.’
Demand for water in this region for Agricultural purposes has soared for decades.
Hernández-Mora said that this has resulted in the ‘over-exploitation of both ground and surface water.’
The Targus is also relied upon as a water supply to cool nuclear reactors and officiate as a supplier for six million citizens, the Guardian revealed.
Today only 47% of the predicted water resources are in existence and levels in the two headwater dams are down to 11% capacity.
The Tagus rises in Aragón in northern Spain and passes close to Madrid, forming part of the border with Portugal before flowing into the sea at Lisbon.