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Heightened restrictions amid severe drought

Severe droughts have hit the Alpes-Maritime. Despite the little bit of rain that fell on the region over the weekend, the drought situation in the Alpes-Maritimes remains problematic with temperatures breaking records for this time of year at over 40°C in some areas.

Last Saturday, the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes implemented restrictions on the use of water from the following rivers in an effort to preserve stores: La Cagne, Le Loup, la Brague, Le Paillon, La Roya, L’Esteron and Le Var. The new measures prohibit the watering of gardens as well as car and boat washing. Pool owners will also need to hand in a special request to fill in their pools.

Public spaces are also affected by the decree: golf courses have to reduce their water consumption by 60%, and stadiums and sports facilities can only water their terrain from 8pm to 8am. The cleaning of streets and sidewalks will be reduced to a minimum this summer.

Frédéric Mac Kain, General Secretary of the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes, said, "The levels of a number of rivers have deteriorated considerably and Météo France indicates that there is no prospect of heavy precipitation in the next week”. 

 

Claire Davis