The Drought Commission has therefore prepared for additional measures. It is not yet clear when these will have to be taken effectively. “It is uncertain how the flow rates will evolve. In the worst case, the point can be reached next week,” says the chairman of the Drought Commission.
“It remains difficult to estimate, but from the second half of September a decision will probably have to be made to reduce the intake”, predicts hydrologist Willems. “Towards companies, that has a huge economic impact.”
There is no such thing as a spray ban – think of watering your lawn, filling a swimming pool or washing your car – for the time being. A ban on this non-essential consumption could be introduced when drinking water producer Waterlink will be allowed to pump less water.
At that time, a consultation will be held in which the status of the drinking water supply will be evaluated. On the basis of this, an advice will be sent to the Flemish Minister for the Environment Zuhal Demir (N-VA), who will ultimately have to make the decision on this sensitive issue. In the meantime, the message remains: be sparing with water.