Updated: May 17
Monaco puts in place important measures to cope with possible unusual phases of drought in its territory and in the French Riviera. The Gouvernement Princier (Prince's Government) has recently adopted a comprehensive system aimed at « guaranteeing a rational use of water resources » as a result of a winter period free of heavy rain and snowfall on the Maritime Alps, that are typically acting as essential water reserves for the warmer months. Made of four alert thresholds, from simple vigilance to crisis mode, the device aims at significantly reducing water consumption, made more efficient the use of water supplies and reduce emergencies.
In this framework, the Government launched level 2, corresponding to the state of 'alert', in the footsteps of the neighbouring department of Alpes-Maritimes and the areas bordering the Principality.
In particular, State measures, implemented since 13 May 2023, are the following:
>> The watering of vegetable gardens is allowed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
>> Watering of lawns, flower beds, planters and green areas and sports fields (except for derogations) is forbidden from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ( or reduced by 20%).
>> The filling of baths or whirlpools and public or private pools is banned (except for derogations or still in progress).
>> The washing of vehicles and other equipment in private homes and on public roads is prohibited. However, professionals or individuals are allowed to use high pressure equipment with a water recycling system.
>> The washing of pleasure or professional crafts is allowed during the following time slots: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.- 9:31 p.m. or when it is made by professionals using high pressure equipment with water recycling system.
>> Cleaning of facades and roofs is prohibited.
>> Both public and private fountains are closed, unless they operate in a closed circuit or with a push-button system.
>> The filling, upgrading and emptying of garden ponds are not possible, except where mandatory due to the presence of wildlife species.
>> The use of water for industrial, handicraft and commercial purposes as well as for the event management must be reduced by 20%.
By Maurice Abbati
Springer International Publishing