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Inauguration of Renovated Water Treatment Plant in Bazas, France

Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents. However, it was in need of being modernized again in order to comply with environmental norms, soundproofing regulations, technological expectations, as well as to be able to treat more sewage- the amount

Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents. However, it was in need of being modernized again in order to comply with environmental norms, soundproofing regulations, technological expectations, as well as to be able to treat more sewage- the amount previously being dumped into the Beuve River.

Bazas, France, mill on the Beuve River. Two small bridges over Beuve river, one in foreground, one in background.  Mill building on left-hand side of photo, tree on bank on the right

New renovations were realized, such as the construction of a 900 square meter sustainable basin. The renovation of the 800 square meter storm basin will serve to regulate rainwater.  According to the departmental plan for waste elimination, the treatment plant serves to store and treat external waste materials. The restoration was completed in June 2014.

Updating to Meet Ecological Norms

At the time of the inauguration, Mayor Bernard Bosset gave a speech. This was in the presence of Jean-Luc Gleyze and Isabelle Dexpert, Vice Presidents of the Departmental Council, Jean Darremont, the Departmental Counselor, and Philippe Lucbert, the Deputy Mayor in charge of construction and business representatives. “A magical operation takes place at the water treatment plant in Bazas. The polluted water that arrives at the station leaves completely clear: it is the real deal when it comes to being environmentally friendly. The station is equipped with good technical equipment, allowing it to ecologically treat waste water.”

Bazas, France, Lac de la Prade, which is part of the Beuve River.  Small beach leading up to lake which dominates photo.  Trees and blue sky in background.

In October of 2012, the prefect authorized an increase in waste-water treatment for the area, moving from 15,000 to 18,800 inhabitants. The station presently functions at this level with the help of the new additions and renovation of older parts.

Costing 2,500,000 euros, excluding taxes, the construction benefitted from a 1,000,000 euro subsidy from the Water Agency of Adour-Garonne and 500,000 euros from the Departmental Council. Jean-Luc Gleyze congratulated the Mayor for this brilliant showing and for the quality of the work. “This water treatment center anticipates the future, with the way the population is evolving and the current economic fabric. Well-integrated and organized, the plant is respectful of the environment and meets its ecological obligations. The work is integrated into the area’s greater plans, because it takes in waste water from the City of Bazas, but also waste from Lingan and Saint-Côme.” And to conclude, he said simply, “The department is on your side.”

Has your community used renovations to bring old structures up to green design standards? If so, how? Share your city's story in the comments below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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