At the beginning of summer, informed the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), there are 82.37 million cubic meters less of water to spend than there was last year at the same time of year, that is, 18.5% less. Farmers, integrated in the irrigation perimeter of the Bravura dam, are prohibited from watering. The few available water resources are for domestic consumption. In the strip of territory closest to the coast, the scarcity is not yet felt. Tourist developments still water lawns and rice is planted in Lagoa. But whoever climbs the Serra do Caldeirão sees another panorama. Cork oaks, thirsty and sick, die standing.