The famous Breton weather has its revenge. Often mocked for its rainfall, the region brought out its most beautiful clouds this fall to water its lands parched by weeks of heat waves and the almost total absence of rain this summer. While some territories are still on the alert, some departments have decided to lift their latest restrictions. This is particularly the case in Côtes-d’Armor, which has just announced the end of drought vigilance. A symbol, because at the end of September, the territory had launched a serious alert, fearing a break in the drinking water supply. “The resources will inevitably be exhausted in the medium term”, had alerted the prefecture, evoking levels “The lowest ever observed this season” in the water tables and rivers.
Thanks to the rather abundant rainfall in November, the situation has returned to more normal. “The rains of the last few weeks have allowed the rivers to return to normal seasonal flows, the reserves of the dams are on the way to reconstitution and the underground resources have greatly improved”, affirms the prefecture. If the authorities have lifted all the restrictions, they call on the population “to continue the good practices initiated”.
Other departments still on alert
In Brittany, only the department of Ille-et-Vilaine still imposes restrictions. Despite a drop in consumption estimated at 5%, the department is still lagging behind in recharging its surface and ground water. “At this period normally, the level of the dams goes up and this is not the case this year”, explained a few days ago Joseph Boivent, president of the joint union for the management of drinking water in Ille-et-Vilaine. .
Other French territories such as the Alpes-Maritimes have announced the maintenance of restrictions until December. In October, it rained 78% less than normal in this department.