Expansion of drought alert in the Alps-Maritimes
Updated on 06/21/2022
The alert phase was triggered from March 31, 2022, and was renewed on April 29, 2022 in catchment areas in the coastal areas of La Bragg, upstream, downstream, Pylon, Roya, Bevera and Menton. In light of the numerous tensions reported over local resources, the prefect decided to extend the drought alert level to the entire department on May 23, with the exception of downstream in Seagan which benefits from a protected reserve at the stadium.
The Alps-Maritimes division is facing an exceptional drought situation this year.
The department’s assessment of the recharging season (September 2021 to March 2022) is very deficient throughout the region. 40% to 60% deficit than normal (585 mm increasing from 240 to 470 mm above normal) is the second lowest value since 1959. As a result, monitoring of drought indicators (measurement of river flow, soil moisture indicator, dryness monitoring, groundwater level) led the prefect to trigger drought warning levels from March 9, 2022 across the department.
Subsequently, due to lack of rainfall and unusually low flow rate of rivers, the precautionary phase was introduced from March 31, 2022 and renewed on April 29, 2022 at La Bragg, upstream, downstream. Coastal areas of Paillon, Roya, Bévéra and Menton. In light of the numerous tensions reported over local resources, the prefect decided to extend the drought alert level to the entire department on May 23, with the exception of downstream in Seagan which benefits from a protected reserve at the stadium.
Recent river flow measurements show that estrogen flows have now fallen below the crisis threshold and have been going on for more than 7 consecutive days. As a result, according to the drought action plan, after dematerialized consultation of the Water Resources Committee, and in terms of the weather forecast for the coming weeks (hot and dry weather) which does not allow this trend to reverse, The prefect has decided that Eastern will trigger a watershed crisis, which is a concern for the following municipalities. : Aiglun, Amirat, Ascros, Bézaudun-les-Alpes, Bouyon, Brianconnet, Colongues, Conségudes, Coursegoules, Cuébris, Gars, Gilette, Penne, Mas, Ferres, Mujouls, Pierrefeu, Revest-les-Roches, Roquesteron en Saint-Antonin, Saint-Auban, Sallagrifon, Seagale, Toden, Tourette-du-Chatto.
In times of crisis, restrictions on use are tightened (day and night watering is prohibited, especially reducing industrial costs by 60%).
The next Water Resources Committee meeting will be held on June 23, 2022, it will take stock of the situation and, if necessary, recommend to the prefect to tighten or increase the restriction measures.
It is recalled that state services now run regular checks, which can lead not only to educational purposes but also to administrative breaches as well as minute reports. Outside of administrative results, anyone who violates a restriction or prohibition is subject to a fifth-class fine (a fine of up to 1,500 euros for any violation).
In light of the tense situation in several catchment areas of the department, the prefecture calls for utmost caution throughout the department and recalls that appropriate action and responsible behavior conserve water. The Ministry of Climate Change reminds us that 25% of water consumption in France is for domestic purposes. In times of drought, whether we are under restrictive measures or not, each of us must, more than ever, control our daily water use through simple gestures: showers, install water-saving sanitary appliances, run washing machines at full capacity, and reuse rainwater. Water, etc.
The Proplovia tool, developed by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, allows any user to consult with caution and associated restriction measures.
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