Unveiling the contours of the anti-drought plan at the end of January, the Minister for Energy Transition Christophe Béchu had promised the creation of an application "in the form of Ecowatt", in order to inform the French not about their electricity consumption. but on their water consumption. A site "on which we will find the state of tensions in the sector where we are, as well as simple advice because many French people are ready to act", he explained to the Parisian on January 24. Four months later, it was finally Veolia which launched its project called "Eco d'Eau", "in response", as explained by the French multinational which markets water management services, "to the many expectations addressed to him".
Taking the form of an interactive website, the initiative aims, according to Veolia, "to bring together all the players", whether ordinary citizens, public authorities, businesses or associations. , “around the actions to be taken to preserve our common water resource”. It even carries the four ambitious objectives of "securing each territory in its water supply and avoiding crises", of "guaranteeing sustainable access to water for everyone and avoiding conflicts between uses", of "respecting nature and leave there the water necessary for its balance” and finally, to “ensure economic players the viability of their activities by reducing their dependence on water”.
How ? Different forms of participation are offered to interested parties. The latter are thus invited to participate "in the pedagogy and mobilization around the issues of sobriety" using in particular "open source communication media", "by sharing commitments in a charter, on the basis of a standard model that you can freely adapt" or simply by implementing ecological actions in and around you, "formalising them or even graduating them according to the state of the resource".
And this is where citizens come into play. At home or in your garden, when you eat, play sports or get dressed, you can take eco-friendly actions that will reduce your water consumption. On the program: flush out water leaks, which, according to Eco d'Eau, would "save up to 291 baths per year and per person", install a water regulator on its taps, lower the temperature of the radiators and the air conditioning or to collect rainwater. And this, while a dripping tap causes the loss of 35,000 liters of water per year, while a leaking toilet flush causes the loss of up to 220,000 liters.
More surprisingly, Eco d'Eau suggests eating less chocolate, since "behind each bar, it's 1700 liters of water spent", or even tasting insects, "which consume tens of times less water than cattle," emphasizes Veolia. Other eco-gestures are already more classic and most of them have even entered the daily life of the French: investing in second-hand clothes, favoring a plant-based diet or taking shorter showers. And trying to convince us with orders of magnitude: "Did you know that taking 5 minute showers saves 92 baths per year per person?".