French Water-Use Restrictions Contract to 48 Departments

The number of France’s mainland departments subject to limits on water use following dry weather in August and at the start of September declined by two from a week ago to 48, the Environment Ministry said.

The departments had at least one local limit or ban on water use in place as of midnight, according to an online report by the ministry today.

Restrictions were at “crisis” level in 28 departments, meaning authorities implemented the most severe level of curbs, including a ban on water use for agriculture, one less than earlier this week, the report showed. The nation has 96 mainland departments, or administrative areas, in total.

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