In 2020, according to the International Office for Water, 67% of French people said they drank tap water every day, or almost. Can we trust this water, two-thirds of which comes from underground? Is not safe. Because according to the Complément d’Enquête magazine (issued this Thursday, September 22, 2022 on France 2), 20% of French people have consumed tap water “not in compliance” with the health regulations in force in 2021…
It is above all in rural areas that the quality of tap water is a cause for concern: in Brittany and Hauts-de-France, in particular, intensive agriculture and the application of pesticides are the cause of exceedances of the standards on ” pesticides”, set most of the time at 0.1 micrograms per litre. In 2021, a quarter of French municipalities were affected by such excesses.
Higher-than-normal pesticide levels, especially in the North
Currently, the tap water of 45 municipalities in the Hauts-de-France has been “put under enhanced surveillance” by the Regional Water Agencies (ARS); Furthermore, on September 15, the ARS announced that another 60 municipalities will soon be affected by this increased surveillance.
However, there is nothing to be scared of, according to officials. Thus, Thomas Campeaux, prefect of Aisne (a department also affected by these excesses of regulations), recalls that “non-compliant is not necessarily non-consumable“. Indeed (…)
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