A southern French village has taken drastic measures because of the persistent drought: brushing your teeth and drinking from the tap are currently prohibited in Villars-sur-Var in the north of Nice, as the municipality announced on Tuesday. The water from the tap should not be used for cooking, it said. Due to the drought, not enough water comes from the spring that supplies the town of 760 inhabitants with drinking water.

For the time being, every resident will receive two bottles of drinking water per day from the town hall. The responsible water supply company has already found a new extraction point. But the study of the water quality is not yet complete, it said.

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At the end of May, the prefecture of Alpes-Maritimes had already rationed the water. Washing cars, filling private pools and watering lawns have since been banned in the department that includes Nice and the Côte d’Azur.

The heat wave that swept through France last week has now abated. It was the earliest hot spell in France since weather records began. It has exacerbated the drought that has persisted in some parts of the country since the winter and spring were dry.

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