Despite a very wet month of March, the water tables are still in danger. During a press briefing on Thursday April 13, 2023, the Geological and Mining Research Bureau (BRGM) announced that 75% of them showed a level below normal in March, compared to 80% in February.
While this increase is encouraging, the figures remain alarming compared to those of last year: at the same period, in 2022, only 56% of groundwater was in difficulty. “From April, the recharge episodes should remain punctual and not very intense, except for exceptional rainfall events. For the next few months, the 2022-2023 recharge deficit is likely to impact all the aquifers”, specifies the establishment.
In France, there are four levels of severity linked to drought, according to the Ministry of Energy Transition:
Which departments are at high risk of drought this summer? We take stock in our slideshow below.