Households bear brunt of France’s anti-drought plan

New tariffs penalising households using more water than normal for their size are listed in a plan that came out of a six-month state consultation into how to deal with future shortages.

Campaigners say it unfairly puts responsibility on the public, rather than on farmers and factories.

Seventy-three departments had water restrictions in place in  late July, 26 at the red ‘crisis’ level, meaning water should only be used for drinking and health and hygiene reasons (watering may be restricted to specific uses and within specified hours).

The plan also proposes different tariffs depending on season and whether a property is a main or a second home.

There would be a means-tested ‘social’ rate for low-income homes.

Councils will have to raise awareness of how to save water.

New tools will be offered to help people see ...

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