There is a shortage of water in catalonia

The rivers that supply the metropolitan area of Barcelona are Mediterranean, with a small, insufficient flow.

For example, Barcelona has 26 times less water available than Paris (and about 300 times less than Vienna).

At full capacity, the reservoirs in Catalonia have water for a year. If it doesn’t rain for 365 days, there may not be enough water for everyone.

Please help us protect our most valuable treasure

Taking extra care with your daily habits can dramatically reduce the impact of water consumption


Do not leave the tap open

Use a glass of water when brushing your teeth and save 7 litres per minute


a shower is better than the bathtub

Each shower consumes 50 litres. If you use the bathtub, it's 300 litres


Do not use the toilet as a dustbin

Each flush consumes
10 litres


change towels only when necessary

Every time we wash the towels we consume 50 litres

Do you want to know the impact of your daily habits on water consumption?
Check out our water footprint calculator


Water is found in seas, rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers. From an early age, we are taught to perceive water as an essential element for life and development.

As drought warnings and evidence of climate change increase, the world is asking us to address an increasingly urgent issue: scarcity.

The fresh water that we really have available for domestic, agricultural, or industrial use and to maintain the environmental flows of rivers is only 0.007%.


Catalonia has traditional and alternative sources which guarantee its water. The traditional ones are rivers, aquifers, and reservoirs (which store water and at the same time hold back and prevent floods). But water in Catalonia is not always where it is needed.

92% of the Catalan population is concentrated in large coastal cities. These areas are precisely where there is less water available (40% of the total).

Do you want to know more about the water situation in Catalonia?