The prefect for the Pyrenees 0rientales has this week announced special measures for water restriction in the region as water supplies in local reservoirs become dangerously low!

With consumption rising and resources falling, pollution of our water could become a real problem in the future. Water restrictions now in place include amongst other things…

  • the use of water for leisure activities eg filling up swimming pools, although the ‘mise à niveau’ –  small  top ups – is acceptable.
  • washing your car other than in commercial car washes, which may still be used if open.
  • watering lawns.
  • the hosing down of terraces and house fronts other than after building works.
  •  the hosing down of boats and leisure vehicles

Vegetable gardens MAY be watered before 8h and after 22h and flower beds watered manually

Failure to respect these restrictions could result in a fine of several thousand euros. Spot checks could be carried out.

Check out www.pyrenees-orientales.gouv.fr for more details

The above applies to Barcarès, Sainte-Marie, Saint Hippolyte, Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, Torreilles, Alénya, Bages, Banuyls-dels-Aspres, Brouilla, Cabestany, Canohés, Corneilla-del-Vercor, Elne, Fourques, Llupia, Montauriol, Montescot, Ortaffa, Passa, Pollestres, Ponteilla, Sainte-Colombe-de-la-Commanderie, Saint-Jean-Lasseille, Saleilles, Terrats, Théza, Tordéres, Tresserre, Trouillas, Villemolaque, Villeneuve-de-la-Raho, Vivés.

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