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Drought: the rules will change for the reuse of wastewater, announces Christophe Béchu


The Minister for Ecological Transition wants France to reuse treated wastewater more. "We are going to change the rules, France is very late," he announced on France Bleu Azur.

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In the coming days, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is to present a "Water Plan".

It is tied up, and it is the tenant of Matignon herself who will announce it.

Proof that the subject of drought in France and lack of water is taken seriously.

Tuesday morning, the Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu unveiled an outline.

Invited to the morning show of France Bleu Azur and while he was in Cannes for the opening of MIPIM (the international market for real estate professionals), he announced the government's desire to speed up the reuse of treated wastewater.

“We are obviously going to modify the rules, France is very behind in this area

,” he said.

Read alsoDrought: Elisabeth Borne will unveil the government's plan in a few days

The cities of Cannes, Nice or even Saint-Raphaël in the Var had been requesting it for several months, rather than this water being discharged into the sea. The president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Renaud Muselier, was also in favor of changing the legislation concerning this 'grey water'.

“French legislation can evolve.

I will rely on scientific advice to make proposals

,” he explained in

Le Figaro


"They will be heard in a few days

," confirmed the minister.

"Immerse yourself in the fight against waste"

The government's "Water Plan" will therefore take this direction.

“In France, we reuse water at less than 1% when the Italians are at 10% and the Spaniards are almost at 20%

, insisted Christophe Béchu at the microphone of France Bleu Azur.

This is very clearly part of what is envisaged.

We are going to modify the rules of use for wastewater, rainwater and gray water.

To link his visit to the Croisette and to MIPIM, the Minister for the Hôtel de Roquelaure hopes that

"in the buildings of tomorrow, we will no longer be obliged to put drinking water in the toilets, whereas the water from the machine could very well be used

, he added.

We must immerse ourselves in this fight against waste at all levels.

This announcement is made in a context of pronounced drought in the Alpes-Maritimes.

The department has just been placed on alert and the first restrictions have been taken by the prefecture.

In February, the water deficit is estimated at 87%.

“A catastrophic February

, recognized Christophe Béchu.

All indicators are red.

We will continue to take restriction decisions to avoid a water war.

Even if the rain returns in the coming months, it will not be enough to fill the water tables of the department.

Source: lefigaro

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