Value-adding to water

The water aggregate is one of the seven territorialised thematic aggregates of the Oise Metropolitan Pole (PMO). Launched in June 2019, it reflects on various current issues relating to the treatment of urban and industrial waste water, the management of surface and underground water resources and the production of drinking water.

Value-adding to water

Edvina Lamy, lecturer-cum-research scientist, qualified professionally in water treatment and processes, was appointed the academic in charge last June. Its vocation? "The challenge for the region is to create voluntary cooperation between companies, academia and local authorities in order to develop a network of skills to manage water resources as efficiently as possible and to respond to the economic, societal and environmental challenges of this specialty” recalls Edvina Lamy who, for almost a year now, has been setting up collaborative projects that bring together public and private partners interested in the challenges of the "Water" sector, i.e., the search for savings, value creation or adaptation to climate change, to name but a few examples.

Very concrete projects

With six meetings already organised within the partner structures, the projects that have been put forward are already taking shape. Among them, the reuse of waste-water from the waste-water treatment plants as an alternative source of water resources. Or the management of groundwater via groundwater management and the use of rainwater for a sustainable building. "It seems necessary to establish an overall strategy, particularly concerning the need to have a territorial project that allows the "water" issue to be taken into account as a whole, including a multitude of small water management projects, but also to reason on the scale of the basin for a project of general interest, which does not target a single user. There is indeed a need for cooperation between the territories to respond to the concepts of sustainable development” There is clearly a need for territories to cooperate in order to comply with the concepts of sustainable development”, asserts Ludvina Lamy.

Driving a full, innovative and dynamic policy

This aggregate brings together the laboratories of UTC and UniLaSalle: UTC-TIMR, UTC-Avenues, UTC-GEC and AGHYLE. The local authorities are also very present: ARC, ACSO, CC2V, CCPE, SMOA and DDT Oise. Among the industrial players, the aggregate can already count on Veolia Water. "On the territories, a whole sector is thus in action in order to build a dynamic of innovation around the question of water that best meets the economic and environmental stakes of our time”, concludes Edvina Lamy. It is important not to forget that, in all cases, regulatory barriers remain depending on the use of this resource. But each time, it is a question of working on demonstration sites to prove the solution provided in terms of sustainable development. It is the future that is being prepared in this way on the ground."re that is being prepared in this way on the ground.