Alpes-Maritimes. Despite the drought, the water consumption of celebrities is exploding on the Côte d’Azur

The mayor of Châteauneuf-Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) denounced Friday the excess water consumption, in the midst of drought, of some of his VIP citizens. “When I received the list of the thirty largest water consumers in the town, I realized that there were several large properties listed there,” testified Emmanuel Delmotte.

According to the statements of the elected daily Release, which revealed the information on Sunday, these individuals, whose properties extend over 20 or 30 hectares, would include “Prime ministers, kings, ministers, former presidents of the council, especially foreigners”. Among them, Silvio Berlusconi, the former head of the Italian government, confirmed the mayor to the newspaper.

“Up to 1,000 m3 per week”

The period concerned by these readings is spread over 17 weeks, from April to August 2022: the region was then on drought alert, and prefectural decrees imposed drastic water saving measures on individuals, particularly in terms of filling. swimming pools or watering gardens. “During this period, the consumption of some owners has however risen to 17,000 m3 of water, or 1,000 m3 per week”, denounced the mayor, comparing with the “barely 2,000 m3” of the retirement home. communal and its 120 beds. In some cases, their weekly water consumption even reached 2,000 m3. And their real consumption was undoubtedly higher, some having unaccounted for private boreholes, specified the elected official.

“For them, fines of 1,500 or 3,000 euros are useless”

If Albert II, ex-king of the Belgians, also appears in this list of heavy consumers, it is only on his agricultural green meter, as a producer of olive oil in particular, but not for his personal meter or the filling of his swimming pool, insisted Emmanuel Delmotte.

Similarly, the former Belgian sovereign assured him that he had repaired the leak on his agricultural pipes. One certainty: “For people like that, fines of 1,500 or 3,000 euros are useless”, notes the mayor. Hence the idea, in connection with the local water management delegate, the Suez group, to discuss directly with these large water consumers, to reason with them.

“We will see if these efforts bear fruit”, hopes Emmanuel Delmotte, surprised to have been the only mayor of the 24 municipalities of the community of agglomeration of Sophia-Antipolis to have expressed himself on the subject: “The list of all large consumers was sent to us, at the request of the prefecture. How come I’m the only one who seems to care? »

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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