VIDEO. Is the water really drinkable in France?

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Some French residents drink the pesticide residues in their water every day. The Complément d’Enquête program questioned the quality of drinking water throughout the country.

For the 140 inhabitants of Chemilly-sur-Serein, in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, it has been eight years since they have been able to use tap water. This is too saturated in metabolites, molecules that present the degradation of pesticides. The inhabitants were subjected to the “precautionary principle”, which prohibits people from drinking tap water because of the presence of pollutants.

Problem: in France, other municipalities should probably have been subject to this same precautionary principle but have never been. According to figures from Complément d’Enquête, for the year 2021, 3,307 municipalities had water that exceeded the authorized thresholds for metabolites. So many localities that could possibly have to be alerted to the presence of these pollutants. Full access to the survey carried out on the quality of tap water in France.

To find out more, go to the France Info website to watch the latest report from Complément d’Enquête.

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