The episode of drought currently affecting Corsica led the Prefecture of Corsica to order water restrictions. The measure applies immediately and will remain effective until October, 2017.
Haute-Corse prefecture on Wednesday ordered water restrictions measures with immediate effect and for the summer season in some areas of the island, because of the drought.
“The dry spell currently facing the department and the analysis of the situation of groundwater and waterways led the prefect to set up the temporary water use restrictions on areas of Balagne and of the Eastern Plain”, announced the prefecture in a statement.
These restrictions should help to preserve “the priority uses, namely, continuity of supply public services of drinking water and the preservation of aquatic natural ecosystems,”says the document.
Between 10 am to 6pm and until October 2017, include prohibited in the areas concerned watering gardens, sports and golf courses, and washing, sprinkler irrigation of feed crops and the cereals. Of particular concern, they are forbidden in these times to wash their cars, boats and terraces, to fulfill their private pools and water their lawns and gardens.
In late May, Meteo France had warned of the risks of drought and the possible consequences for farmers, particularly in the northeast and in Corsica, before a summer that promises to be “warmer than normal” .