Sud Ouest reports that regions such as Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime have seen half as much rainfall as normal, with the Dordogne down by 36 percent.
The deepest water resources in the area seem to be OK at the moment, these are often used for drinking water, and whilst some water levels are three quarters below normal water authority bosses don't believe the situation to eb 'catastrophic'.
Locally here in the south of the Dordogne the small agricultural irrigation lake in Loubejac, les Griffouillères (above), is still quite low and it doesn't look as though it will fill completely this year.
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