Water restrictions stay in place for Dordogne homeowners

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WATER use restrictions for Dordogne homeowners, and many in the agricultural sector, will remain in place despite some rainfall in the département in August.

The Dordogne préfet has said that from 1 September 2022, restrictions will be tightened on the extraction of water for agricultural irrigation in some areas.

Homeowners in the Dordogne are being asked to continue to be aware of their water use, with a ban on private car owners washing their vehicles remaining in place.

Other restrictions in place cover private pools that cannot be refilled if larger than 20m3 and gardens, lawns or potagers cannot be watered between 8h and 20h.

Map of water restrictions

A new map has been produced by the Dordogne authorities showing which of the four different levels of alert apply to different areas of the département.

There are four different levels of alert covering water use, your local mairie should be your first port of call if you are keen to find out the latest information.

The Dordogne authorities introduced restrictions for homeowners on the 10 August and it was hoped then that they might be eased by the end of the month.

But with water levels and the humidity of the soil still very low, it seems unlikely that any changes will be made for the coming weeks.

Across France record summer temperatures have seen most areas face water restrictions and a campaign has been launched by authorities to be aware of water use in the home, agriculture and business.

Last Updated on 19 June, 2023.

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By Craig McGinty

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