Drought in France: more than 100 municipalities without drinking water

93 departments out of 96 in France are subject to water restrictions to varying degrees.

AFP - PHILIPPE LOPEZ

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A hundred municipalities in France are in water shortage.

Last July turned out to be the second driest month ever recorded for France after March…1961. 

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Traveling to the south of France, the Minister for Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, spoke about the shortage of drinking water, which is becoming more and more threatening in France.

In these municipalities, "there are supplies that are made with drinking water trucks that are transported (...) since there is nothing left in the pipes".

Also on site, the Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, notably mentioned the idea that France should use more wastewater to water agricultural land.

The European Commission indeed recommends that Member States learn to reuse

treated wastewater

, predicting more intense and frequent droughts.

Christophe Béchu, Minister of Ecological Transition

The whole challenge is to tighten a certain number of restrictions to avoid getting there

”, insisting on work to anticipate situations, thanks in particular to the

interministerial crisis unit

which meets on August 5.

If you have to go and provide water, don't worry about it in the morning when there is no more water in the pipes

"

This cell activated by the Prime Minister, Elizabeth Borne, should make it possible to coordinate measures to restrict water, or on the contrary supply in the most affected areas: 93 departments out of 96 are currently on alert in mainland France, including 62 in crisis situation.

Another consequence of this drought is the danger represented by falling rocks in the mountains.

Two refuges allowing the ascent of Mont-Blanc have been closed, the mayor of Saint-Gervais (Isère) announced on Friday.

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