White water sports professionals worried about the season

Canoe and rafting rental companies lament the unilateral decision of lack of communication and the danger of going out of business if they support the water shortage regulations set by the prefecture. But according to them, the solution is very simple.

Every day, every summer, Jeffrey Cadenel longs for an email from EDF, letting us know when the water cannons from Loose Dam and Nentille Dam will take place. Important information about a canoe rental company based at the Quiza Leisure Center. “If you don’t have enough water, the ode will soon become impassable.”

So far, divorce seems to be prominent this year if Aude, EDF, and state users could agree on a summer water release. Since July 11, Aude has placed the entire sector on drought alerts. Prefectural legislation that imposes certain restrictions on the use of water at the level of household, leisure, or sewage treatment plants.Authorities observe it “The prospect of filling the Matmar Reservoir is still not good in a very tense situation of resources.”, Generally due to poor hydrology, high temperatures and no significant rainfall in recent months. The purpose of his measures is to avoid depletion.

Water conditions that canoe and rafting rental companies do not argue.. “The state is taking precautions, which is normal,” said Michel Granger, manager of Aleteauvive. Aude drought is nothing new.

However, by deciding to reduce the water flow to less than 7 m3 / s, the prefecture will complicate the activities of rental companies, especially rafting. “We are planning 5m3 / s, so 8-seater boats will not pass.”, Michel Granger says.A terrible shortage for this expert who is forced to provide alternatives “Dissatisfied with customers”.. “We warn people about the situation. We try to provide them with a small raft, but that doesn’t work.”Lament the expert.

The Geoffrey Cadenel, a hard canoe rental, also faces challenges. Normally released around 9 am, the water in Lake Matmar is released around 11 am, delaying arrival at Quiza or Allet. “Basically there is plenty of flow for the family, but it’s from 5 pm to 5:30 pm. At this point, we haven’t left for a long time.” And low water levels also scare customers.

“It is known that patrons no longer come because there is no water in the valley, and people from other places are not very happy. It is not comfortable. You have to get off the canoe to pull it onto the rock. Even if you warn in advance “.. Needless to say, low water levels damage the boat and puncture the hull. “It’s mid-July, and I already have a canoe at the end of their lives.”.. Rental companies don’t know if it can last all year long. There is no choice. He hired two employees until the end of summer. “If you do your best until August 15, it will be the end of the world.” However, according to Michel Granger, the solution is very simple. “We are not asked to add water, it is a drought, it is normal. But we want a better distribution: not always releasing only 5 m3 / s , Emit 7 at a time by reducing other time frames. “ The lender will fight to the end “White water sports bring autovale to life.”.. For that part, the thermometer remains at about 38 ° C. This department is alerting for a second heat wave yellow this summer. And Météo France does not predict ode precipitation in the coming days.