“We recommend for areas with more pressure, namely the Algarve, that municipalities develop fees that can revert to the environmental sustainability of the territories, such as investment in water, nature conservation or waste management”, said the Minister for the Environment and Climate Action , Duarte Cordeiro.

The recommendation was made at a press conference with the Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, after a two-hour meeting of the Permanent Commission for the Prevention, Monitoring and Accompaniment of the Effects of Drought (CPPMAES).

“Use more, pay more”

Pointing out that the Alentejo and the Algarve are already suffering from severe and extreme drought, the two government officials announced measures to minimize the problem, with Duarte Cordeiro recommending, as he had already done last year, that municipalities “design intelligent tariffs”, so that those who consume more water pay more.

Those who use water to fill swimming pools should pay more, as opposed to those who use water for daily consumption.