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Spain: Water restrictions imposed in Barcelona as country battles drought

Barcelona’s fountains and parks were seen dry on Friday as water restrictions introduced for vast swathes of Spain’s northeast took effect.

Catalan authorities introduced measures to save water in the region due to a long drought period during summer, including a reduction of water consumption in the public domain as well as for private households.

Footage showed dry fountains in Plaza Catalunya and Paseo San Juan, among other spots in the city. The restrictions also affect car washes, forcing drivers to wash their cars on the street, as well as filling pools and other restrictions on private water consumption.

“I’ve been looking for a car wash all morning, and they are all closed because of the restrictions imposed on us. I had to clean the car by hand, and I used the car for work,” a resident said.

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