LACK OF WATER In October 2022, it rained 78% less than normal in the Alpes-Maritimes, which pushes the prefecture to renew restrictive measures
The Broc artificial lake had only a few pockets of water left at the beginning of October (Illustration) — G. Chevallier/Côte d'Azur Weather
For the eighth time this year, the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes renews a decree with water restrictions until December 15th at due to the situation of “exceptional drought” which has been affecting the department since March.
“The localized rainfall since August has temporarily relieved the levels of certain superficial rivers, but does not allow a lasting reversal of the underlying trend,” specify the services of the State in a press release. They insist on the water recharge deficit of 40 to 40%. 60% compared to normal, which is the second lowest since 1959 and the first readings.
Areas of the department still at the “crisis” stage ;
Added to this is also very low rainfall. In October, it rained 78% less than normal, according to Météo-France. These data, as well as the forecasts which announce months to come “warmer than the seasonal norm”, maintain several areas (the Siagne upstream, the Wolf and the Cagne, the Roya Bévéra and coastal areas of Menton and l”Esteron) of the d” ;partment at the “crisis” stage, the last stage at the level of drought.
At this level, the measures restrictions on use are reinforced with a ban on night and day watering of green spaces and sports grounds, a 60% reduction in consumption and/or withdrawals for industrial uses and games water prohibited. The prefecture reminds through his mail that regular checks are carried out and that “anyone violating the measures is exposed to a ticket” of 1,500 euros.