Two new Walloon municipalities limit the use of mains water due to drought

Léglise and Saint-Hubert join the eleven Walloon municipalities that have already issued a police order to this effect. The municipalities of Jalhay, Vielsalm, Beauraing and Houffalize are subject to special monitoring by the Walloon Water Company, specifies the SPW. Particular attention is also paid to Rochefort and Libramont.

Even if the other Walloon municipalities are not a priori concerned by this problem, the authorities always encourage the population to “use the water supply sparingly to prevent any difficulty in production or distribution in certain areas”.

At the level of the waterways, the flows remain very low and continue to descend. The Meuse still reaches extremely low values, comparable to those recorded in 1976. Measures to regroup boats at the locks remain in place on the entire network, with the exception of the Scheldt, the Dender and the Hainaut canals . A reduction in the draft (submerged part of a boat) of 1.4 meters on the Haute Sambre is also required.

In addition, the flow rates of certain rivers (Ourthe, Vesdre, Amblève, Lesse?) are still historically low, notes the Public Service of Wallonia. Kayaking enthusiasts will have to be patient, as all sections are closed to traffic.

In order to guarantee “good use of water for all”, a ministerial decree suspending all hydroelectricity production on the Hoyoux, Burnot and Lhomme is in application.

Moreover, the drought makes the risk of fire always preponderant. While no area is prohibited for walking, the Department of Nature and Forests (DNF) is continuing its awareness, prevention and surveillance actions. The Governor of the province of Liège has also issued an order banning open air fires in order to limit the risks.

Since the previous meeting on July 26, rainfall has been non-existent or extremely low in Wallonia. The geographical distribution of the drought index of the Royal Meteorological Institute still shows various areas as extremely dry (east of the province of Liège) and other dry areas in the provinces of Liège, Namur and Luxembourg. Forecasts point to dry weather for the next 10 days with an increase in drought in already dry areas.

The next meeting of the Drought Expertise Unit is scheduled for 12 August. Until then, the situation will be subject to constant monitoring by all the services concerned.

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