Drought: more than 100 municipalities without drinking water in France

“More than a hundred municipalities in France today no longer have drinking water”, said August 5 the Minister for Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, who described the situation as “historic”, during a visit to the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

In these municipalities, specified the Minister, “there are supplies which are made with drinking water trucks which are transported […] since there is nothing left in the pipes”, considering that the challenge was to “tighten a certain number of restrictions to avoid getting there”. “Elisabeth Borne’s words are very clear: a historic drought,” hammered the minister, traveling to Roumoules in the heart of a lavender farm. On August 5, it activated the interministerial crisis unit, which must meet during the day, faced with the “historic situation that many territories are going through”, announced Matignon.

Christophe Béchu invited the inhabitants of places which are experiencing “prolonged water deficits”, to show more anticipation in order to supply themselves with water. “The difficulty in terms of logistics and transport is not the same” according to the municipalities, added the minister, depending on whether it is a mountain municipality, a large or a small one. agglomeration.

After the Roumoules lavender farm, Christian Béchu must go, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture Marc Fesneaux, to the Colostre stream, which crosses the Verdon natural park, in order to discuss the themes of drought and biodiversity.

The management of water resources in times of drought is essentially the responsibility of the prefects who can impose gradual and temporary water restrictions according to four levels of drought severity: vigilance, alert, heightened alert and crisis.


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