In measures to combat drought in the region the
Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve (AMAL) has announced the closure of
swimming pools and the end of ornamental fountains.
According to a statement from AMAL, the 16 mayors of the
Algarve decided to close the public municipal swimming pools during the month
of August and, eventually, the entire month of September (with the exception of
the pools open in the more inland territories).
The Intermunicipal Council also approved the closure of
ornamental fountains, the reduction of irrigation days and the stoppage of
irrigation of public green spaces with lawns reconverted by native species and
with lower water availability requirements.
In the note, the presidents of the Algarve municipalities
recall that “some of these measures are already on the ground and others will
be reinforced or implemented over the next few weeks, taking into account the
drought scenario that affects the region and which, in some cases, is extreme”.
The president of AMAL, António Miguel Pina, had already
warned of the serious situation of lack of water in the district, recalling
that “if the next hydrological year is the same, water may even become scarce
in the taps of the Algarve, in October 2023”.