The recent rains in Catalonia had virtually no effect on shrinking reservoirs, prompting the government to introduce second-stage measures to conserve water. With water in the Ter and Llobregat reservoirs now at 23.6% of capacity, the Environmental Ministry has banned water use for pools and gardens, both public and private. In the latter case, watering is allowed only to ensure the survival of woodlands, the Ministry said. Water use for washing vehicles has also been banned, except at public car washes. (Full story in printed edition).