British tourists in Spain face 'pool ban' as 'worst drought ever' hits Catalonia causing Barcelona to run dry - as crisis is declared by regional leaders

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Tourists in Barcelona face a swimming pool ban as more water-saving measures are set to be brought in across Catalonia which is facing its 'worst drought ever'.

A low water table caused by a lack of rainfall in the Spanish region has seen drastic restrictions imposed on the city, as well as hundreds of smaller communities.

The new measures, which take effect today, include a prohibition on washing cars and watering public gardens, except for the use of recycled water.

Swimming pools in private properties including hotels and resorts can only be topped up if fitted with regeneration systems and no longer be emptied and refilled, the Telegraph reported.

Facilities at outdoor clubs will be exempt from the curbs, provided they switch off their showers to compensate. 

Residents have been told by the regional government to cut their water usage by 5%, with supply limited to 200 litres per day per person.

Tourists in Barcelona face emergency water-saving measures as the area faces its 'worst drought ever'

Tourists in Barcelona face emergency water-saving measures as the area faces its 'worst drought ever'

Tourists in Barcelona face emergency water-saving measures as the area faces its 'worst drought ever'

The new restrictions include a limit of 200 litres of water per day per person, and a ban on filling up swimming pools and washing cars (stock photo)

The new restrictions include a limit of 200 litres of water per day per person, and a ban on filling up swimming pools and washing cars (stock photo)

The Iberian peninsular is reportedly at its driest in 1,200 years

The Iberian peninsular is reportedly at its driest in 1,200 years

Outdoor pools belonging to swimming clubs are exempt from the curbs but must turn off their showers

Outdoor pools belonging to swimming clubs are exempt from the curbs but must turn off their showers

Campsites are exploring ways to use seawater to fill pools in order to avoid the restrictions.

While most households are well below this threshold, a study in 2016 suggested that water consumption at five-star hotels with hot tubs and several swimming pools can exceed 540 litres per person a day.

Farmers have been advised to reduce their water consumption by as much as 80%, as well cut use in livestock by half

Officials have been forced to consider shipping in water, with the Iberian peninsular estimated to be at its driest for over 1,200 years.

Catalan President Pere Aragones warned that the region was experiencing 'a new climate reality'

Catalan President Pere Aragones warned that the region was experiencing 'a new climate reality'

Two further rounds of emergency measures will be imposed if rainfall fails to pick up over the winter and spring, and could include time-limited showers at gyms and a daily limit of 160 litres per person.

Pere Aragones, the President of Catalonia, described the situation as a 'new climate reality'.

He told a press briefing: 'The drought will be overcome, but we're in a new climate reality in which it's more likely that there'll be new droughts and that they'll be more intense.' 

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