As of Friday, the 202 municipalities that are part of the Ter-Llobregat system are in an emergency due to drought, which involves the tightening of restrictions on water consumption. Among other measures, the entry of the emergency means a limit of 200 liters per inhabitant per day, a number that covers all water consumption in a municipality, that is, domestic, but also industry and commerce. of leaking pipes.
According to the latest data provided by the town councils to the Catalan Water Agency (ACA), in December, a total of 75 towns in the Ter-Llobregat system exceeded this 200 liters per inhabitant per day, that is, almost 40% of the total. . Of these, there are six with an average consumption of more than 400 liters per inhabitant per day, 16 between 300 and 400, and the rest—53—between 200 and 300.
While waiting to verify the effect of the measures adopted by the city councils to adapt to the state of emergency in the system provided by Barcelona and the metropolitan area of Girona, we detail the 10 locations with the highest consumption. Most of them are sparsely populated centers and are not in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Torrent (Baix Empordà – Girona): 500
With 500 liters per inhabitant per day, this small town of Empordà—it has almost 170 residents—has the highest consumption per person in the Ter-Llobregat system. However, the evolution is downward, because in February 2023, the volume was 628 liters per resident per day, and in June, it reached 633. According to the mayor of the nucleus, Josep Maria Ros, the high figure is a result of the presence of the hotel and the restoration of Mas de Torrent, which represents more than 40% of the municipal consumption.
Begur (Baix Empordà – Girona): 495
In the second position, we find another town, Baix Empordà, this one with 495 liters per inhabitant per day. Mainly a tourist destination, Begur has about 4,200 residents, a population that increases during the summer months. A year later, consumption increased to 529 days and decreased to 313 during August, when it had the largest number of temporary residents, which has shot up again since then.
Begur is one of the towns that have been sanctioned by the ACA for excessive water consumption. Due to the emergency caused by the drought, the council approved the change in rates to increase the price of resources for large consumers.
Santa Susanna (Maresme, Barcelona): 454
With more than 3,850 inhabitants and characterized by its urbanization, Santa Susanna has a consumption of 454 liters per inhabitant per day in December, more than double the limit set by the drought emergency. With a gross family income per inhabitant of 23,100 euros, according to data from the Institute of Statistics of Catalonia (Idescat), Maresme is one of the 15 richest towns in Catalonia. In your case, the amount of water consumption increased in 2023.
Vilobí del Penedès (Alt Penedès, Barcelona): 437
With less than 1,150 residents, this small town in Alt Penedès more than doubles the maximum water consumption due to the state of emergency caused by the drought. For almost all of 2023, it exceeded 400 liters per inhabitant per day, although the ceiling was recorded in September at 592, and since then it has decreased significantly, despite the fact that it is still far from what was set by the ACA.
Canyelles (Garraf, Barcelona): 407
Although the drought situation is already worrying throughout 2023, Canyelles (Garraf) did not increase the average consumption per inhabitant per day, and December recorded the same 407 liters of water as February. The nucleus has 5,200 inhabitants.
Sant Mateu de Bages (Bages, Barcelona): 406
This small nucleus of Central Catalonia, with 632 inhabitants, recorded the highest consumption in its region, although it decreased compared to the 466 liters per inhabitant per day it had in February 2023 or the 528 that marked it in September. .
Olivella (Garraf, Barcelona): 384
With more than 4,400 residents, Olivella also has a lot of urbanization and high water consumption. In large part, this is due to the poor condition of the network, as recognized in October by the Council itself, which directly refers to a “collapse” of the infrastructure that increases the number of water leaks. In fact, a year ago, the consumption was 272 liters per inhabitant per day, more than 100 less than what was recorded at the end of December.
Regencós (Baix Empordà – Girona): 365
This is the third town of Empordà that appears in the top ten in the ranking of the main consumers, in this case with an average of 365 liters per inhabitant per day in December. With only 269 registered, Regencós consumption surged in December, with 70 liters more than a month ago.
Matadepera (Vallès Occidental, Barcelona): 362
With almost 10,000 inhabitants, Matadepera is the most populous city in the ranking and, like Begur, is again authorized by the ACA for excessive water consumption. A nucleus that traditionally tops the lists of the richest cities in Catalonia—in 2020, it has the highest gross disposable family income per resident, according to the latest available data—December closed with a consumption of 362 liters per day per resident. . A high number, but clearly lower than the 487 in August.
Torrelles de Foix (Alt Penedès, Barcelona): 348
Finally, the tenth town with the highest water consumption in Ter-Llobregat is Torrelles de Foix, with 348 liters per inhabitant per day, which is 100 less than recorded in August. The municipality has over 2,600 residents.