The Drought Commission follows the water reserve situation closely and meets during extended periods of dry weather when water reserves threaten to reach critical level. The member of the Commission discuss what measures they can advise be taken in order to ensure that the water reserves that remain can be put to optimal use.
If these measures prove insufficient and there are water shortages, the commission enters into agreements with local authorities and water companies to ensure that the remaining water is used wisely.
The commission also advises the relevant Minister and Provincial Governors on what measures should be taken.
The Draught Commission is part of the Integrated Water Policy Coordination (CIW) and is made up of representatives from CIW, representatives of the Flemish Transport and Environment Ministers and the Flemish Crisis Centre CCVO. The Chair of CIW is also the Chair of the drought Commission.
The Drought Commission has called for a hosepipe and sprinkler ban for both private citizens and local authorities.
This doesn’t only apply to mains water, but also ground water and rain water..
The Flemish Environment Agency’s Karen Smet told VRT News that “Issues could arise if we don’t take measures now. There will be no significant rainfall during the next 14 days which means that we really must take additional measures”.
The Drought Commission’s proposals will be put before Flanders’ 5 provincial governors. They will be given the time to consider the advice and to communicate it to the relevant services.