Veolia Inaugurates France’s First Unit for Reusing Treated Wastewater

Veolia Inaugurates France’s First Unit for Reusing Treated Wastewater

24th November 2023 news 0


Veolia and Water Reuse member Vendée Eau have inaugurated France’s first unit for reusing treated wastewater to produce drinking water. Part of the Jourdain programme, the unit will provide an additional 1.5 million m3 of drinking water to the Vendée region from May to October, a period of increased water shortage. The reuse of treated wastewater as an alternative water resource is a useful means to deal with the frequent droughts in France and it’s especially an effective response for the Vendée region which is estimated to have a water deficit of 8 million m3 by 2025-2030.

Veolia, as a leader in water technologies, contributed its expertise to the design of the refining unit that will, from 2023 to 2026, reuse 1.5 million m3 out of the city’s 4.5 million m3 of wastewater. This will be increased to between 2 to 3 million m3 by 2027. The refining unit is uses the latest technology to clean water in five stages. It removes particulate pollution, bacteria, viruses and micropollutants such as pesticides and drug residues to produce high quality water. For this, Veolia is using its patented technology based on ultrafiltration and low-pressure reverse osmosis (BarrelTM).

“A national first, the Jourdain programme is the country’s flagship project, demonstrating that France has the technologies and the commitment at the local level to move ahead and to address the challenges posed by climate change. Its launch complements and reinforces the importance of the Water Plan’s ambition to increase wastewater reuse from 1% to 10% in 5 years,” said Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s Chief Executive Officer.

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