See French departments with water restrictions
The French government has a system of alert levels to protect against the effects of drought, with various restrictions introduced depending on the severity.
In this article we show the overall alert levels at departmental level, more localized maps to show possible alert levels in the communes and also break down what each alert level means and what restrictions are in place.
General map of departmental alert
Our map below shows the general alert levels in each department, ranging from zero restrictions to code 4, or crisis level. This map is accurate as of August 18.
Please note that the municipalities of each department may have a different alert level from the general departmental level. While in one area the alert level might be code 1, in the next town it might be code 4. You can see a more detailed breakdown on the Propluvia drought alert website of the government here.
You can click the search icon at the top left of the map and type in your department name to highlight it.
- No code – No restrictions
- Code: 1 – warning (vigilance)
- Code: 2 – alert (to alert)
- Code: 3 – heightened alert (heightened alert)
- Code: 4 – crisis (crisis)
The latest updates include:
- Indre – Areas reclassified to “crisis level”
- Finistère – Areas reclassified to “crisis level”
- Sarthe – Areas reclassified to “crisis level”
- Indre-et-Loire – Areas reclassified to “crisis level”
- Charente-Maritime – Areas raised to “enhanced alert level”
Code 1: warning level
This is the lowest alert level.
- Individuals and businesses are encouraged to reduce their water consumption, but it is not mandatory.
- Information on reducing water use and drought management should be shared by local and county authorities – you can receive leaflets by post describing this.
The map below reflects the departments where code 1 alerts are in place in many communes.
Code 2: alert level
- Bans could be introduced on watering gardens, green spaces or golf courses at certain times
- Bans may be introduced on washing cars at certain times
- Limits could be placed on the amount of water used to fill pools
- The use of water for agricultural means is limited
- Measures are in place to prohibit the opening of the valves
The map below reflects the departments where code 2 alerts are in place in many communes.
Code 3: heightened alert
- Stricter limits on watering gardens, green spaces or golf courses and in some cases these acts are prohibited altogether
- Stricter limits are placed on car washing and in some cases it is banned altogether
- The use of water for agricultural means is still limited
The map below reflects the departments where code 3 alerts are in place in many communes.
Code 4: crisis
- The use of water is authorized only for necessary needs, including for drinking, health, civil security, cleaning
- No watering of gardens, green spaces or golf courses. There are sometimes exceptions for trees, shrubs and vegetable gardens at certain times
- Ban on washing cars
- Prohibition to fill swimming pools
- Prohibition of water use for most agricultural practices
The map below reflects the departments where code alerts are in place in many communes.
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