French Prime Minister Elizabeth Born warned that France is facing the “severe drought” the country has ever seen, and announced the activation of a government crisis unit.
In a written statement on Friday, Bourne said many regions of France were in a “historic situation” as the country was hit by a third heat wave this summer.
“The exceptional drought we are currently witnessing is depriving many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and our biodiversity,” the statement said.
The statement stressed that weather forecasts indicate that the heat, which increases evaporation and water needs, could continue for the next 15 days, which could make the situation even more alarming.
The Government Crisis Unit will be responsible for monitoring the situation in the most affected areas and coordinating measures such as bringing drinking water to some places.
It will also monitor the impact of drought on energy production, transport infrastructure and agriculture in France.
Drought may force French energy giant EDF to cut power production at nuclear plants that use river water to cool reactors.
France now has 62 regions with restrictions on water use due to lack of rain.
The Minister for Environmental Transformation, Christophe Picchu, said during a visit to southeast France that more than 100 municipalities can no longer provide drinking water to the tap and need to get it by truck.
“The worst part is that we prioritize drinking water over other uses,” he said.