Water management : the “axis of action” announced by the Council of ministers

Projects of storage of winter water, re-use of treated waste water and the new plan of adaptation to climate change. The ministers Nicolas Hulot (ecological Transition) and Stéphane Travert (Agriculture) unveiled, August 9, 2017, their “lines of action”, on water management, on the occasion of the last Council of ministers.
On the occasion of the last Council of ministers before the summer recess, ministers Nicolas Hulot (ecological Transition) and Stéphane Travert (Agriculture) have presented the August 9, 2017, their “lines of action” on the management of water.


“While a major episode of drought affecting many departments, the government wants to provide solutions to eliminate permanently the situations of moisture stress and it is fully involved in the territories to the politics of water management”, explained the two ministers in a joint communiqué issued at the end of the Council of ministers.


“In 82 departments, the prefects have taken the prefectorial orders of restriction of water use. Among them, 30 departments (…) have arrested of a crisis requiring the cessation of water withdrawals as a non-priority (car washing, watering of gardens, filling of swimming pools…)”, they remember. This “exceptional situation”, they stress, “could become common from 2050 due to climate disruption”


“Continue the investment with the communities to enhance the maintenance of the networks”


To “encourage the sobriety of the use and innovation”, they suggest , “to achieve, where this is useful and sustainable projects that store winter water in order to avoid the samples in the dry period, when water is scarce”. The ministers proposed to “continue the investments with the communities to enhance the maintenance of the networks in order to minimise leakages in the pipelines, and promoting the reuse of treated wastewater”. It is also necessary, they argue, “develop an agriculture that is more water efficient” and “progress, via innovation, in efficiency in irrigation”.


Finally, the ministers want to “engage” citizens, businesses, administrations and public services “in approaches to water savings”, thanks to awareness campaigns and communication. They undertake to “support” the research and development of new solutions in particular in the scientific bodies.


The development of a “second national Plan for adaptation to climate change by the end of 2017” is also on the agenda, after one of 2011-2016, reported the two ministers in order to “better adapt the actions to the local consequences of climate change”.


Side reaction, the association for the defence of consumers (CLCV), greet, August 9, in a press release “the voluntarism of the minister of Ecology designed to take structural measures to reduce the waste of water.” Before recalling that “the scarcity of water could have consequences dramatically concrete : this summer the city of Rome comes to avoid extreme accuracy rationing widespread distribution of drinking water, the price is an exceptional drawdown on a lake are already under-powered, and, in 2005, the city of Niort had failed to know the same fate.”


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