Tenerife: UK holidaymakers face new water restrictions as island to declare drought emergency

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UK holidaymakers face new water restrictions when travelling to Tenerife as the popular holiday island is set to declare a drought emergency

UK holidaymakers have been issued a Tenerife travel warning due to new water restrictions amid a drought on the island. Authorities in Tenerife are likely to approve the declaration of a water emergency for the island in its upcoming parliamentary session which is taking place tomorrow (Friday 1 March).

The local government is planning special campaigns to make visitors aware of the need to save water. Rosa Davila, the president of the Tenerife government, has said that it's been one of the driest winters in recent history for the island and believes all political parties will support the move, saying that the people of Tenerife don't see any ideological differences in this matter.

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The severe drought has forced the local government to act now to ensure there's enough water for the dry summer months. The Examiner Live reports that on 1 February the reservoirs were only 34.6% full, compared to 52% at the same time last year. Experts say that the island is facing months or possibly years of critical water scarcity.

UK holidaymakers face new water restrictions when travelling to Tenerife as the popular holiday island is set to declare a drought emergency. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)UK holidaymakers face new water restrictions when travelling to Tenerife as the popular holiday island is set to declare a drought emergency. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)
UK holidaymakers face new water restrictions when travelling to Tenerife as the popular holiday island is set to declare a drought emergency. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

Despite being one of the greener Canary Islands, Tenerife has suffered a critical lack of rain in what should be its wetter winter months. This January recorded average temperatures of 20.9C made it the hottest on the island for 60 years.

Cabildo President Davila said: "We are facing one of the driest winters in recent history, and ensuring water for both citizens and agriculture is a crucial matter that transcends political affiliations. Tenerife residents do not see ideological differences in this, and it would be incomprehensible if political groups did." 

Vice President, Lope Afonso, said that it's important for everyone to work together: "All of us must work together on such an important issue. The drought will have severe consequences for Tenerife's agricultural sector, making it necessary to urgently deploy all available tools to mitigate the effects of the weather conditions as we approach summer."

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