Water consumption in the Autonomous Community of Madrid increased 11.1% in May, which ended with the reservoirs at 74.2%

null Water consumption in the Autonomous Community of Madrid increased 11.1% in May, which ended with the reservoirs at 74.2%

Water consumption in the Autonomous Community of Madrid increased 11.1% in May, which ended with the reservoirs at 74.2%


Canal de Isabel II calls for the responsible use of water, since it is impossible to know how much rainfall can be expected in the coming months

  • The volume of water stored in Canal’s 13 reservoirs is 4.4 points below average for this time of the year
  • Rainfall was 92.5% below the historical average and so far this year, they are 34.5% lower

The water consumption in the region continues to increase and May closed with an 11.1% increase as a result of the low rainfall and high temperatures that are being recorded. For this reason, Canal de Isabel II asks the citizens to use water efficiently and responsibly, and has made recommendations for saving water available on its Youtube channel and website www.canaldeisabelsegunda.es.

The volume collected in dams in the public company’s 13 dams reached 74.2% with 699.9 hm3. A figure that’s almost 17 points lower than this time last year and 4.4 points below the historical average with a 78.6%.

Furthermore, there has been very little rainfall, 92.5% below the historical average of 62.5 litres per square metres compared with 4.7 this May. The lack of rain has translated to a reduction in the water collected in reservoirs, which received 65.4% less water than the 105-year historical series with which Canal de Isabel II establishes its water supply planning models.

The consumption trend due to the high temperatures and the lack of rainfall have caused the consumption of water in the Autonomous Community of Madrid to continuously increase since February. Thus, the total consumption in 2019 is already the highest since 2012 with almost 192 hm3.


Despite the hydrological status in the Autonomous Community of Madrid is stable, the rise in consumption, the arrival of summer and the uncertainty regarding the behaviour of precipitation patterns the coming hydrological year have led to Canal de Isabel II asking for the public’s collaboration in the efficient and responsible use of this natural resource, given that small steps taken by a lot of people can help slow down
this upward trend.

Therefore, as part of line 1 of its Strategic Plan, to guarantee the supply for the population, Canal carries out awareness initiatives on their social networks and website, so the general public uses water in a responsible manner. In this respect, in the coming weeks an informative campaign with all of these recommendations will be launched.

The public entity also carries out other initiatives to save drinking water, such as promoting the use of reclaimed water for irrigating public green areas and industrial uses or annual renovation plans for pipe networks, which have led to the volume of losses dropping by 70%.

Canal de Isabel II was founded more than 165 years ago to supply water to the city of Madrid. It employs more than 2,800 people working daily to provide a service to more than 6 million people in the region. It is an innovative company, a leader in its sector, and internationally recognised for its management of the integrated water cycle.

It operates 13 reservoirs; 78 spring tappings; 17,556 kilometres of water conveyance and distribution; 131 drinking water pumping stations and 133 waste water stations; 14,956 kilometres of sewer system networks; 65 storm tanks; 877 kilometres of collectors and sewer pipelines; 157 waste water treatment plants; and 588 kilometres of recycled water networks.