In the last four years, the water levels recorded at the Alentejo Albufeiras, such as the Alqueva “mother” Albufeira, “were below average”, says the Alqueva Development and Infrastructure Company (EDIA), in a press release sent to the Lusa News Agency.

Currently, at the beginning of a new hydrological year, the Alqueva Albufeira stores 2,442 million cubic meters of water and is at 14,322 meters, which corresponds to 59 percent of the maximum capacity of 4,150 million cubic meters at a height of 152 meters.

Of the current volume stored, only 1,433 million cubic meters of water are usable, said the company.