More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid ‘historic drought’

More than 100 towns in France have no more drinking water and must receive deliveries by truck, France’s ecological transition minister said while visiting the country’s southeastern region.

“There are already more than a hundred municipalities in France that today have no more drinking water, and for which supplies are being transported by truck to these municipalities because there is nothing left in the pipes,” – said Christophe Béchu, while visiting the town of Roumoules.

Multiple European countries are experiencing historic drought conditions amid low precipitation and high temperatures made more likely due to climate change.

France’s Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne activated an interministerial crisis cell on Friday to address the drought which her office said in a statement was the “worst ever recorded” in the country.

“The exceptional drought that we are currently experiencing is depriving many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and biodiversity,” – the statement said.

Borne called on the French to be “very vigilant about the use of our water resources.”

(Source: Euronews, August 5-2022)

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