Water crisis deepens

Years of under-investment are showing as wells run dry and villages start to ration supply

A recent water leak flooded a street in Almería city

By David Jackson

The driest province in Europe is starting to suffer as water runs out amid decades of aquifer over-exploitation and a lack of investment in infrastructure.

Although the coastal areas are now largely being supplied by desalination plants, crumbling infrastructure means that half the water produced is lost to leaks and cannot be transported inland to the mountain villages.

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