Spain has announced a $502 million investment in the construction of two desalination plants along the Catalan coast to address the region’s severe water scarcity due to an ongoing three-year drought. The plants, set to start operating in 2028 and 2029, will have a combined annual capacity to treat 80 million cubic meters of water. The government is also planning to transport up to 40,000 cubic meters of desalinated water daily via sea routes. This initiative comes as Catalonia’s reservoirs are at a mere 16% of their normal capacity. The move towards desalination is in response to changing climate patterns and increasing drought frequency. The projects aim to ensure a more resilient water supply for Catalonia. The investment signifies a proactive step by the Spanish government to adapt to evolving environmental challenges and ensure sustainable water resources for its citizens.