Restrictions on water use starting this Friday, June 3, in the Cher and Sichon basins on the Allier

The prefecture issued a decree, which takes effect this Friday, June 3, with the aim of limiting certain water uses in all municipalities in the Cher and Sichon river basins. Mayor Valérie Hatsch indicates that she made this decision “after electronic consultation with members of the departmental water committee”.

A significant deficit of rainfall

The city government justifies this decision by the “rainfall deficit” that the department has been experiencing since the beginning of the year. “It reaches 53% at the departmental level, according to data from Météo France. Due to this high rainfall deficit, the department’s river flows are low. »

Hence the decision to put the entire department on alert and therefore the Cher and Sichon basins on alert. There are two other levels: high alert and crisis level.

This municipal decree will be posted in the municipal councils and can be consulted on the website through this link:

In the Loire and Allier basins, activation of the drought surveillance level

“Avoid all forms of waste”

In the watersheds placed under surveillance, “all users and economic actors are invited to adopt an eco-responsible behavior and to avoid any form of water wastage”, indicates the city hall.

He adds that “depending on the evolution of the hydrological situation, the restriction measures may be extended and/or reinforced in the coming days”. They are valid until September 30th.

Valérie Hatsch will meet the departmental water committee this Friday to provide a detailed update on water resources at Allier.

The municipalities involved

Cher Basin. Ainay-le Château, Archignat Arpheuilles-Saint-Priest, Audes, Braize, Cérilly, Chazemais, Courçais, Désertines, Domérat, Durdat-Larequille, Estivareilles, Huriel, Isle-et-Bardais, La Chapelaude, La Petite Marche, Lamaids, Lavault -Sainte-Anne, Letelon, Lignerolles, Mazirat, Meaulne-Vitray, Mesples, Montluçon, Nassigny, Néris-les-Bains, Prémilhat, Quinssaines, Reugny, Saint-Angel, Saint-Bonnet-Tronçais, Saint-Désiré, Saint-Eloy -d’Allier, Saint-Genest, Saint-Martinien, Saint-Palais, Saint-Sauvier, Saint-Victor, Sainte-Thérence, Teillet-Argenty, Terjat, Treignat, Urcay, Valigny, Vallon-en-Sully, Vaux, Verneix , Villebret, Viplaix.

Cher Basin upstream of Chambochard. Marcillat-en-Combraille, Ronnet, Saint-Fargeol, Saint-Marcel-en-Marcillat.

Sichon Basin. Arrones, Cusset, Ferrières-sur-Sichon, La Chapelle, La Guillermie, Lavoine, Le Mayet-de-Montagne, Le Vernet, Molles, Nizerolles.

What restrictions for municipalities on alert

– Farmers

Prohibited from 10 am to 6 pm. Irrigation of meadows, arable crops, arable crops (except water towers) from surface alluvial aquifer resources, filling or use of bodies of water or reservoirs exclusively intended for irrigation (except abstraction of deep groundwater or in reservoirs disconnected from the natural environment or fed by surface runoff) or drainage).

– Individuals, companies, communities, farmers

Prohibited. Operate fire hydrants/hydrants except for firefighting, safety drills and filling firefighting reserves. Cleaning of public roads, car parks, sidewalks and other waterproofed surfaces (except in emergency situations justified by public health requirements). Irrigation of green spaces, such as lawns.

Prohibited unless carried out by a cleaning company. Cleaning of buildings, sheds, facades and other waterproofed surfaces (in addition to the need for salubrity).

Prohibited outside professional stations. For washing vehicles, except if the stations are equipped with a recycling system or high pressure system, or except for vehicles with regulatory (health, food), technical (eg concrete mixers) or public safety related obligation.

Prohibited from 10 am to 6 pm. Watering young woody plants (planting less than one year old), public or private recreational gardens with flower beds, flower beds and vegetable gardens.

– Companies

Polluted waters. Exceptional operations that consume water and generate polluted water are postponed unless there is a health imperative or are linked to public safety. Uses of water that are not essential to the main activity are prohibited.

Industrial discharges. Greater tracking of releases. The direct load shedding in the receiving environment linked to maintenance or conservation operations is subject to prior authorization from the water police and can be postponed until a higher flow return, more favorable to dilution.

– Companies and communities

Prohibited from 10 am to 6 pm. Irrigation of playgrounds, sports fields and racetracks.

Prohibited. Sources supplied by the water network without recycling. public swimming pools. Filling or emptying prohibited. Except in the case of a construction site and partial renovation linked to sanitary and technical requirements.

– Golf courses

Prohibited from 8 am to 8 pm. And reduction of weekly water consumption by 33%.

– Individuals

Prohibited. Filling and emptying of private pools with more than 1 m3 prohibited, except for the first filling.

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