23 departments in France still face water restrictionsStaff Writer | November 10, 2017
A total 23 departments in France still face some form of water restrictions, while residents and businesses in another four are being urged to be economic with their water use it has emerged.
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Areas of Alpes-Maritimes, Gard, Gers, Lozère, Tarn-et-Garonne, Côte D'or, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Maine-et-Loire, and Seine-Maritime are on the highest alert, meaning the non-priority uses of water are banned, including water used for agriculture.
Water use is only permitted for health issues, civil security, as drinking water, or for necessary personal hygiene.
The six departments highlighted in orange on the Propluvia map - Somme, Val d'Oise, Isère, Vaucluse, Pyrénées-Orientales and Haute-Corse - are subject to the following restrictions: agricultural businesses should cut the number of water withdrawals and harvests made for farming by another 50%.
Strong limits on washing your car, watering your garden or topping up your swimming pool.
There are no specific restrictions for the four 'grey' departments - Eure, Orne, Bas-Rhin and Seine-et-Marne - but residents and businesses should try to save water where possible.
Anyone caught flouting the restrictions can face fines of €1,500, rising to €3,000 for repeat offenders. ■