The government in France has launched a campaign to encourage people to save water this summer.
Launched on Saturday, June 3, the campaign is called ‘Chaque geste compte (Every action counts)’, and is calling on everyone to make small changes to reduce their water use.
The page states: “Once again this year, available water resources are low, groundwater levels are low, and we all - farmers, manufacturers, local authorities, and private individuals - need to be careful with our water consumption.”
The campaign’s advice includes:
Install a low-cost water-saving shower head, and similar devices on taps (50% water saving)
Take shorter showers (four minutes or fewer) rather than baths (110 litres saved per shower)
Turn off taps when not in direct use, such as when brushing your teeth (in between rinses).
In the kitchen/laundry
Only run washing machines and dishwashers when they are full
Use a dishwasher rather than washing up under a running tap
Use ‘eco-modes’ on washing machines and dishwashers
In the garden
Use a rainwater collector and use rainwater to water your garden and plants
Grow plants that require less water in general
Other ways to save water include checking for and repairing any leaks (up to 100 litres saved per day).
The government has also created a calculator so you can estimate your daily consumption of water. The average in France is 148 per day per person, of which 39% is used for personal hygiene.
The advice goes above and beyond the restrictions already in place in areas with existing water shortages.
Despite some rainfall in May, much of the country’s groundwater is still at a low level, suggesting that some areas will struggle with water supply this summer.
The most recent report from the Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM), of May 17, said that as of May 1, 68% of groundwater reserves are at “moderately low to very low level”, of which 20% are very low.