Monaco’s population commended for complying with water restrictions in face of drought

It’s been just over two months since the Prince’s Government put Monaco on “alert level” water restrictions, and the population appears to have answered the call to save water. Restrictions, however, will continue.

On 12th May 2023, Monaco was placed on the elevated “alert level” by Ministerial Order in an effort to relieve the drought situation in the Principality. By Monday 24th July, the State released its first report, stating “the Government has noted the effectiveness of the measures taken and welcomes the commitment of users, clearly perceptible in the first comparative statements of the use of water resources.”

Compared to the same period last year, there has been an average drop in consumption of 6%, almost -10% in the week of 3rd to 9th July alone. More than 60,000 m3 of water has therefore been “saved” by the drought measures imposed this year.

“This drop is all the more notable given that before the launch of the alert level, weekly consumption in the first half of 2023 was, on average, 2% higher than in 2022,” revealed the government. “It is clear to see the real impact these new measures, even more noticeable when compared to the year 2019 before Covid, with a 13% drop observed over the period between 12th May and 9th July.”

According to the government, sporadic rains have not been sufficient enough to fill the Principality’s water tables, and the level of water resources remains strained, making it “essential to continue the collective effort to preserve water”.

The Prince’s Government asks that businesses and the population continue the trend and remain vigilant in complying with the alert level water restrictions.

There are four levels of alert: the first is vigilance, the second is alert, the third is heightened alert, and the fourth is crisis.



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