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On top of the list are Lagoa, Loulé and Albufeira.

The three Portuguese municipalities where the most water is consumed per inhabitant are located in the Algarve, according to data released by Pordata. They are Lagoa, Loulé and Albufeira.

“In 2021, the three municipalities in the country with the highest water consumption per inhabitant are in the Algarve: Lagoa, Loulé and Albufeira,” reads a Pordata publication posted on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

On Thursday, the Council of Ministers approved a sum of 26.65 million euros to adopt efficiency measures and increase water availability in the Algarve, in response to the “alert situation” caused by the drought in the region.

This sum is part of a set of measures to combat the drought provided for in two resolutions that were approved today by the government in the Council of Ministers and which also provide for an amount of 200 million euros for exceptional support for farmers.

“The current situation in the Algarve requires the application of extraordinary measures and actions that promote greater efficiency, savings and rationalization of water reserves (surface and underground),” said the ministries of Environment and Climate Action and Agriculture and Food, in a joint statement.

The resolutions approved by the Council of Ministers place the Algarve in a “drought alert situation” and “allocate support for extraordinary measures with an indicative budget allocation of 26.65 million euros”, said the government.

This amount includes 12.4 million euros for public water supply, 10 million euros for tourism, 350,000 euros for agriculture and 2.9 million euros for the management, monitoring and inspection of water resources, it said.