The French authorities are keen to make people aware of what they can do to preserve water, but they also provide up-to-date maps and reports on the water levels in the many rivers and streams in the country.
IN the Dordogne the préfecture has published its own map highlighting the areas across the region that face water restrictions.
The Propulvia website offers a map with the latest reports from around France.
If you click on the département that interests you, this will then provide information on the rivers and areas that face restrictions.
Map and vigilance levels
There are four levels of vigilance. The lowest level in France is vigilance, or warning, and this means should be aware of their water use and try to conserve and not waste any water.
The next step up is alerte and this requires homeowners to reduce the amount of water they use, for example in swimming pools or if watering their gardens.
The second highest level of warning is alerte renforcée and this could see homeowners asked not to wash their cars, a ban on the water of lawns and farmers being asked not to water crops for half the week.
And the highest level is crise which places an emphasis on ensuring drinking water is available to all residents and any other use facing tight restrictions or being banned completely.
Mairie for updates
A key thing to remember is that your local mairie should be your first port of call if you have any questions about what water use restrictions are in place local to you.
The four levels of vigilance are used as a guide, but because individual areas have different water use and river volumes, detailed studies and data is gathered on a daily basis to ensure any restrictions are tightly focused.
The Dordogne authorities have also announced the introduction of tighter water restrictions from the beginning of August.
Fines for breaking water restrictions
The French authorities are keen to offer advice over punishment when it comes to homeowners breaking the rules covering water use restrictions.
You may be living in an area where restrictions on watering your lawn and gardens are in place, and whilst you should do your best to be informed, if you are visited by the local authorities they will usually issue a first warning and offer advice.
Should you continue to ignore the water use restrictions in place then you are likely to face problems, with initial fines starting at 1,500 euros and heading upwards to 3,000 euros for continued infringement.
Reduce your water use
The French environment agency is keen to promote wise water use and make people more aware of what they can do to save water.
In the home they stress the importance of not letting taps run, using your washing machine with a full load or on an eco setting and to install equipment that will let you reduce water use.
Farmers and businesses are also urged to recycle water and ensure any leaks are quickly dealt with.
How much water does the average French person use?
The daily water use on average in France is 149 litres per person, which covers domestic consumption such as drinking water, use in the bathroom and around the house.
This works out to 54 m³/person/year for domestic use.