Due to persistent heat and drought, water consumption is being restricted on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia. Violations of the ordinance threaten to shut off the municipal water supply.

Restrictions on water consumption came into force on Monday on the Croatian peninsula of Istria, which is popular with holidaymakers. Potable tap water may no longer be used for washing vehicles, cleaning streets, watering green spaces or showering on beaches and in swimming pools, Croatian media reported. The only exception is the cleaning of markets and fish markets.

Croatia: Violations threaten to turn off the water supply

The provincial government of Istria justified the measure with the persistent drought and with meteorological forecasts, according to which no precipitation is to be expected in the foreseeable future. Violations of the Water Saving Ordinance can be punished by turning off the municipal water supply.

In the gallery: Southern European countries in particular have been struggling with high temperatures since June. These images show France, Italy and Spain during the heatwave.