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A Spanish Town Is Using Ships for Water to Keep Taps Running

  • Ship is currently in trials to supply water in northern Spain
  • Authorities have already shut fountains, banned filling pools
Boats moored in port in the village of Bermeo.

Boats moored in port in the village of Bermeo.

Photographer: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

Shipping freshwater by sea is becoming a reality in a corner of Spain that’s turned to a tanker to keep the taps running amid the lowest rainfall in 163 years.

As an exceptional measure to deal with a “historical water deficit,” public utility Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia in the Basque region of northern Spain has ordered a ship to move 2 million liters of water a day to supply four towns, the company said in a press statement. The ship is currently in trials and is expected to start making regular trips from the city of Bilbao to Bermeo, a port that’s about 30 kilometers (19 miles) away by land.