Spains severe drought continues, as water reserves are still only at 40 per cent of normal levels for this time of the year, despite recent rainfall. Nevertheless environment minister, Cristina Narbona, has promised that domestic users will not have to face restrictions for the time being. Non-essential use of water, for example in keeping golf courses and public gardens lush and verdant, may be targeted for bans on water usage.

While towns throughout Spain have been practising various ways of limiting water usage, Madrid has been tardy in taking any steps towards saving water. Spains capital has a total of 29 golf courses and innumerable parks and gardens, and although all but 2 of the golf courses use recycled water, measures need to be taken to curb wastage.

Since February the government has invested 391 million in projects aimed at maximizing Spains water supplies.