However, in the Pays de L’Aigle bars, drinking water consumption is very closely monitored.

Turn off the faucets to avoid turning water into gold ingot ©Illustration Pixabay

Experts agree that the situation is becoming dramatic. Never, or nearly, have so many departments been warned of a drought, and Pays-de-l’Aigle (Orne) has obviously not escaped this phenomenon, perhaps not so exceptional.

Precipitation records clearly show that we are behind the 2022 totals. At the end of May this year, the sector had recorded 216 millimeters of rainfall since the start of 2022, compared to 251 millimeters for the same period in 2021 and 300 in 2022. 2020. We are still far from the 469 millimeters of 2014!

September and October will be decisive

Rain is lacking, and if we can immediately measure the impact on crops, “as far as drinking water resources are concerned, there will be a problem in September-October next year with a deficit in groundwater recharge,” he warns Jean-Marie Goossen, President of Percher*.

“In the west of the department, they are on the surface sheets, so the consequences of the lack of rain are very fast. Here we are more in deep aquifers, and the shortage of water replenishment will be felt later.”

If this recharge does not take place, the current restrictions may be further strengthened and move to the use of water strictly reserved for basic needs. No more irrigation, even agricultural, pools and all that useless stuff.

“At the moment, we have five catchment areas, including, for example, Votiu, Perchet and Moulin de Port,” emphasizes President Perchet.

If the resource is significantly reduced, we may need to restart the Rolin well. But this represents an estimated cost of at least 2 million euros, and this will affect the price per m³.

Jean-Marie Goossen, President of Percher
“As far as drinking water resources are concerned, there will be a problem in September-October next year due to the lack of groundwater recharge,” warns Jean-Marie Goossen, president of Percher*

Without rain in the coming weeks and months, the question will be very serious, but in the meantime Percher is keeping an eye daily consumption of 20,000 resident subscribers. There are two levels of monitoring.

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The first happens with water towers, where Eaux de Normandie can determine if the supply will suddenly decrease. This was the case recently with a broken fire hydrant after an accident.

A few tips for saving water all year round

In addition to the restrictions that currently apply to producers, farmers and communities, you can save water by following a few simple rules.

All year…

To avoid waste, remember to turn off the water when you wash, shave or brush your teeth.

Prefer a shower over a bath and limit it to a maximum of 5 minutes.

To wash dishes or laundry, do not multiply cycles by using household appliances “at full power”.

Look for leaks, they can be a big source of waste. How to make ? Just before going to bed, check the reading of the water meter. If the account changed while you were sleeping, there is a leak somewhere. Be aware that they are far from neutral, as a dripping tap uses 5 liters per hour (ie 120 liters per day) and a leaking toilet flush exceeds 600 liters per day (ie the daily consumption of a family of 4 ).

Limit watering if you have a garden, and especially avoid watering in the middle of the day, during the hot hours, because the water then evaporates before it has time to penetrate the soil. So you are wasting water.

To avoid too frequent watering, mulch the base of the plants. Find out how to proceed with our How to Mulch a Garden Well tutorial.

As for the hardware…

Install the aerators on the faucets. It will cost about ten euros. Aerators inject tiny air bubbles into flowing water and reduce flow by 30-50% without loss of comfort.

Choose an economical hand shower, it limits the flow but optimizes the pressure. With an investment of 25 to 45 euros, depending on the model, you can save up to 75% of water.

Set a timer in the bathroom so you don’t continue showering for more than 5 minutes of the ritual…

Other equipment, usually more expensive, can allow you to significantly save water, for example, a thermostatic faucet, which consumes 10-30% less water than a conventional faucet or even a sump. 100 m² can offer you up to 70 m³ of free water…

Choose equipment that uses less water

Think about it, if you are upgrading your home appliances, energy labeling will allow you to identify the appliances that use the least amount of electricity, as well as a washing machine like a dishwasher that uses less water.

Collect rainwater

The local authorities have pledged not to direct rainwater into the sewage network. You can also collect rainwater in your garden. There are simple and inexpensive solutions, explained in 9 videos developed by the Association for the Operational Development and Promotion of Alternative Techniques (ADOPTA)

“It can also be theft of water from a fire hydrant, as sometimes happens. Every time now I file a complaint because it is too serious in the context of the deficit,” continues Jean-Marie Goossen.

Daily monitoring

Another level of anxiety is at the Percher headquarters, in L’Aigle (Orne) city center.

Thanks to our sector meters, we know every morning if there is an incident, an excessive consumption.

Jean-Marie Goossen, President of Percher

That way, “with this very fine mesh, we know where the overconsumption has been and can look for the causes.”

Sometimes this excessive consumption is justified, for example, when a company needs water for maintenance.

“In such cases, the company warns us in advance so we know what to expect.” It could also be a filling of the pool that is not currently allowed or a large leak that needs to be addressed.

Thus, valuable assets par excellence, gold ingots, drinking water are under very strict supervision, as well as those who can be exempted from restrictive measures. It is probably useful to know that its violation is punishable by a fine of 5d class, i.e. 1,500 euros and 3,000 euros in case of repeated violation.

* Communes of the Percher Drinking Water Syndicate: Aubes, Hauges, Bofet, Beaulieu, Bonnefois, Bonsmoulins, Chandai, Crulet, Ecorsy, Irays, La Chapelle-Ville, L’Aigle, La Ferriere-au-Doyen, Le -Menil- Berard, Les Aspres, Les Genet, Maieru, Rai, Saint-Michel-Toubeuf, Saint-Nicolas-de-Syumary, Saint-Ouen-sur-Eton, Saint-Sulpice-sur-Risle, Saint-Simfort ‘en-de Bruyere, Vitrai-sous-L’Aigle, i.e. 20,776 inhabitants. It releases 1.4 million m³ of water per year.

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