July 21st 2019

With another heatwave (canicule)  predicted this week, water restrictions have now been issued for more than 70 departments in France, including the Pyrenees-Orientales and it is likely that those figures will rise. Up north in the capital, there has been no rainfall since June 21, the longest period that Paris has gone with rain since 1873, according to Météo-France.

Check out the government’s colour coded map of water restrictions in  HERE

With consumption rising and resources falling, pollution of our water could become a real problem in the future. Low ground water levels and lower than usual rainfall since last September are cited as the cause for the latest restrictions.

The ban on water usage varies from department to department but in general, there are restrictions on…

…. 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
.

Vegetable gardens may  only be watered before 8h and after 20h

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


ALERTS: Understanding the colour coding of the government water restriction map.

GREY
Vigilance : Information et incitation des particuliers et des professionnels à faire des économies d’eau
Encourages public to cut down on water usage where possible.

YELLOW
Alerte : Réduction des prélèvements à des fins agricoles inférieure à 50% (ou interdiction jusqu’à 3 jours par semaine), mesures d’interdiction de manœuvre de vanne, d’activité nautique, interdiction à certaines heures d’arroser les jardins, espaces verts, golfs, de laver sa voiture, …
Farmers should cut down usage bu 50% and a ban on  watering gardens, washing cars etc, at certain times.
ORANGE
Alerte renforcée : Réduction des prélèvements à des fins agricoles supérieure ou égale à 50% (ou interdiction supérieure ou égale à 3,5 jours par semaine), limitation plus forte des prélèvements pour l’arrosage des jardins, espaces verts, golfs, lavage des voitures, …, jusqu’à l’interdiction de certains prélèvements
Similar to yellow (above) but with more severe measure and bans depending on each department.
RED
Crise : Arrêt des prélèvements non prioritaires y compris des prélèvements à des fins agricoles. Seuls les prélèvements permettant d’assurer l’exercice des usages prioritaires sont autorisés (santé, sécurité civile, eau potable, salubrité)
Crisis level. Ban on all non priority usage of water, allowing for only usage for health, security, drinking water…..) 

particuliers – individuals
prélèvements – usage/withdrawal
interdiction – ban

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