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Adaptation of water use restrictions

A new prefectural decree was issued at the beginning of the week easing restrictions on water use.

The stormy rains since the end of August have allowed a gradual improvement in certain areas of the department in terms of rainfall deficit. A prefectural decree, dated September 12, had eased the restrictions on the Gier (passage on alert) and Sud-Loire (passage on heightened alert) zones. ” The continuation of scattered thunderstorms had a heterogeneous effect depending on the sectors of the departmentindicates a press release from the Loire prefecture of September 26. They make it possible to improve the situation and ease the temporary restrictions on the use of water in the River Loire Upstream and River Loire Downstream zones, in accordance with the instructions of the prefect, coordinator of the Loire-Brittany basin. Conversely, in the absence of precipitation within a week, the situation could deteriorate rapidly in other areas of the department (mounts of Forez, Rhins-Sornin and mountains of Lyonnais in particular), warns the prefecture.

In order to preserve priority uses and the survival of aquatic ecosystems, and taking into account the measures taken, the following changes have been decided:

– the Loire River upstream and Loire River downstream zones go from heightened alert to alert;

– the South-Loire, Rhins-Sornin, Monts du Lyonnais, Monts du Forez and Pilat Sud areas remain on heightened alert;

– the Roannais and Gier areas remain on alert.

Heightened alert

In heightened alert level, the main restrictive measures concerning individuals are:

– ban on watering flowers and flower beds;

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– limitation of water use times for watering vegetable gardens and tree plantations (prohibited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

For the economic uses of water (by companies):

– only essential samples in industrial manufacturing processes are authorized;

– the irrigation of agricultural crops is subject to time restrictions, which depend on the crops concerned and the equipment used, the irrigation of grass meadows is prohibited. These limitations do not apply to storage reservoirs or the Forez canal.

Abstraction from watercourses (reach, pumping) or from aquifers to fill water bodies is totally prohibited.

Alert

At the alert level, the restriction measures are as follows for individuals:

– limitation of water use times for watering vegetable gardens, flower beds and tree plantations (prohibited from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.);

– ban on the use of water for washing cars outside professional stations;

– prohibition of the filling of private swimming pools and the watering of lawns;

For the economic uses of water (by companies):

– only essential samples in industrial manufacturing processes are authorized;

– agricultural irrigation is subject to time restrictions, which depend on the crops concerned and the equipment used. These limitations do not apply to storage reservoirs or the Forez canal.

Sampling from watercourses (reach, pumping) or from aquifers to fill water bodies is prohibited except for fish farming.

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