This unit should ensure regular feedback from the departmental prefects of the most heavily supported areas and anticipate the possible activation of ORSEC “water” plans.
Facing a “exceptional drought” and an “historical situation that many territories are going through“, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne has decided to activate the interministerial crisis unit, Matignon announced on Friday August 5.
It will meet during the day, according to a government source. “This drought is the worst ever recorded in our country.” and “the weather forecast suggests that the situation could last for the next 15 days, or even become even more worrying“, emphasizes Matignon.
A cell with multiple functions
“The exceptional drought that we are currently experiencing is depriving many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and biodiversity.“, add the services of the Prime Minister in a press release. This absence of rainis aggravated by the accumulation of successive heat waves that result from evaporation and water requirements“explains this source. “Faced with this historic situation», the Prime Minister has decided to activate the interministerial crisis unit and calls on everyone «to preserve our water resources“, writes Matignon.
This cell must allowto ensure regular feedback from the departmental prefects of the areas most concerned, to anticipate the possible activation of ORSEC “water” plans for the agglomerations concerned and to provide for the necessary civil security measures (water supply municipalities, delivery of drinking water, etc.)“, according to this source. She will also follow up.the impacts of this drought for our energy production and transport infrastructure and for our agricultural sector, in particular the livestock sector“.
Elisabeth Borne asked the prefects to bring together, “as of next week, in each area of tension the local water commissions and, where they exist, the other local consultation structures for water managementto define “prioritization of uses if necessary“. “Restrictive measures have been taken and will be taken wherever necessary in order to guarantee priority uses of health, civil security and the supply of drinking water.“says Matignon again.
On Thursday, 93 departments are subject to water restrictions, 62 of which are reported “in crisis“, the highest level of alert. Wednesday, the Creuse and the Nièvre joined them Since. The debate is also raging on social networks around the exemptions granted to golf courses which can still water their greens even when the department that houses them is in “drought crisis“. Serious consequences also for EDF which could further lower its production of nuclear electricity in the coming days, or even shut down a reactor at the Tricastin power plant (Drôme) due to the high temperatures of the rivers.
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