In golf, watering anything other than the green is prohibited. In the cornfield, watering in abundance is forbidden. The drought that has engulfed mainland France has exceeded the green Yvelines, located to the west of Paris, a part of which has just been classified as “crisis situation“.
On Friday, it’s time to check compliance with water use restrictions.
Radical change in classification
“There, it’s a bit brutal, because we’ve gone from level 1 to level 4» Sebastien Garzon, director of the majestic golf course of more than 100 hectares at Rochefort Castle, resigned. For Vallée de Chevreuse, where it is located, Governor Evelyn issued an order on July 28 to place it in “crisis«The area so far under»vigilance“Without going through the boxes”Warning” And the “Boost alert“.”This ban takes into account the state of rivers and groundwater, Météo-France data and mid-range statisticsEnumerates Alain Tovere, Deputy Director of District Administration (DDT).
A change in rating accompanied by coercive measures, particularly on golf courses on which watering anything other than greens is now prohibited and again, with “Determine the volume of waterAnd at night, the head of the DDT explains to AFP. With Deputy Governor Florence Gilbert, accompanied on Friday by the Environmental Police of the French Biodiversity Office that monitors and raises awareness in golf courses, sports fields, equestrian centers, washing stations, agricultural and residential areas. … Sebastian Garzon complies with goodwill, claiming to have reduced water consumption on the golf course by 70% since the ordinance. “We are thinking about the future (…), to grow herbs that are more resistant to climatic conditionsInvestments.expensive“But it is necessary”If we are to resist in time“, Project Manager.
garden “flatAnd the grassyellow»
On the restaurant terrace overlooking the greenery, Benoît Salaün serves coffee in the shade. “My lawn is flat, my lawn is yellow but we deal with itThe 54-year-old company director laughs. “This year, the situation in Evelyn is a reflection of what is happening in France», estime auprès de l’AFP la sous-préfète de l’arrondissement de Rambouillet, Florence Ghilbert, rappelant que la Première ministre a activé vendredi une cellule interministérielle de crise alors qu’une centaine de communes en France drinking water.
In total in France, 93 out of 96 departments are subject to water restrictions of varying degrees and 62 “in crisis“.”Saved nowEvelyn could not resist the lack of rain this winter andIn extreme heat waves“, details of the sub-governor. This year the Water Resources Committee met several times, led by the state to “To attract the attention of all those who have great uses of waterFlorence Gilbert explains: “Ten days after the decree, the controls began.
In Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, at a washing station near a supermarket, traces of water still shimmer in the stadiums. “We see that the terminal has been used recentlysays Cecile Grimaldi, environment inspector for the Office of Foreign Operations. He went, “in crisis“Only vehicles with health effects (SAMU, firefighters, etc.) are allowed to use it. But”we won’t talk“Users who come to clean their car in good faith, thinking it is at the wash station, are allowed, explains Joanna van Herenthals, Head of Service at the OFB’s regional office in Ile-de-France. Agents remain concerned with specific needs, such as those of equestrian centers where the managersThey commit to keeping the materials (flooring, editor’s note) so horses don’t break their legs‘” explains Cecil Grimaldi.
The same for agriculture, which is important in Evelyn with large grain plains. Thus, the drop remains past the permitted point but not the large sprinklers, explains the DDT agent in front of the cornfield. Violators risk a fine of up to 1,500 euros for individuals and 7,000 euros for professionals.