Emergency H20 Flows Into Parched Barcelona

Water tanker arrives as Spain suffers severe drought
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 8:36 AM CDT
A man cools himself in a fountain in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Spain is suffering its driest spring since records began 60 years ago. Catalonia is one of the worst-hit regions, with reservoirs...   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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(Newser) – Barcelona is having to ship in emergency supplies of drinking water as Spain suffers its worst drought since records began 60 years ago, the Guardian reports. The first shipment of 5 million gallons arrived yesterday and dozens more are scheduled. The city's reservoirs are down to a quarter of capacity with the summer heat weeks away. Water-starved agricultural regions nearby charge that the government denied their request for water for political reasons.