US News: To avoid drought, a mayor of the Ain cuts the water for several hours a day

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Chaque matin, Europe 1 interroge un maire de France à propos de la sécheresse. Ce mardi, entretien avec Michel-Charles Riera, maire de la commune d'Arbois-en-Bugey, dans l'Ain. C'est un village de 700 habitants près de Chambéry. Il a décidé d'y couper l'eau plusieurs heures par jour. © Jayet Pierre / Hemis.fr / Hemis.fr / Hemis via AFP each morning, Europe 1 questions a mayor of France about drought. This Tuesday, interview with Michel-Charles Riera, mayor of the commune of Arbois-en-Bugey, in Ain. It is a village of 700 inhabitants near Chambéry. He decided to cut the water there for several hours a day.

The drought strikes all of France , and each its solution to preserve the water resource somehow. Each morning, Europe 1 questions a mayor of France. This Tuesday, interview with Michel-Charles Riera, mayor of the commune of Arbois-en-Bugey, in Ain. It is a village of 700 inhabitants near Chambéry.

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You have chosen to cut the water for six hours a day. Why this measure?

We have three sources in the town: one at Tari and the other two are 50%. Knowing that for 550 inhabitants, we consume 60,000 liters of water per day. We had fears of not being able to maintain the water levels, hence the restrictions of water cuts. This seemed to us to be the most equitable measure, since it affects the whole population concerned. This means that we are not obliged to have to go and ask the large neighboring town, which has much more water, and to carry out three or four trucks to complete our tanks. And that we wanted to avoid it, because it is an additional cost also for the population.

A decision that must complicate the daily life of your citizens. How did they react?

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This is a measure that is not very popular, of course, since it touches habits. It never pleases, especially since it was taken in an emergency and speed. But the majority reacted well. There are some of them who had some difficulties depending on the uses, the profession, even the composition of the family. I understand that it is difficult when you have three children, for the shower etc. We did door-to-door distribution on the first day and the following days, it is the people who come to pick up the water at the place indicated. At least two liters of water per person and per day [in bottle]. It is the rule.

Does it work? Will this measure last in time?

With the restrictions we have taken, we actually manage to maintain the levels of our four tanks. But I am still expectant in our corner. We are in a place where we are not very well served by the rain. We are taken between two massifs. We will have to continue to distribute drinking water, perhaps a little more than today, to the population.

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