Never before has such advanced technology been implemented for drinking from the tap.
It controls the quality and proper delivery of drinking water throughout the Toulouse metropolis. The “Comet” has been operational since this summer, located on the heights of Pech David, this ultra-modern control center manages the water of nearly 800,000 inhabitants. Véolia has agreed to open the doors of this very secure hypervision establishment to us. Inside: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, the operators grouped around a Star Trek-like cockpit monitor all the data in real time and can cross-reference the data using intelligent modules. With such “data repatriation” operators can even change the location of water collection in the Garonne, for example upstream or downstream of the confluence with the Ariège.
Jérome Natta, CEO of Cetom, a subsidiary of Véolia which manages the water service in Toulouse, assures us of the good quality of Toulouse water “it is determined by criteria of drinkability determined by the Regional Health Agency” and he adds “we are going to embark on a program to improve treatment channels” car European directives will harden “in particular with regard to endocrine disruptors, dangerous substances and chemical molecules”. Véolia and Toulouse Métropole will anticipate “in investment 40 million euros” to renew the three water plants drinkable “by applying additional treatments of the activated carbon or ultraviolet type” explains the leader.
Toulouse, imper, borders on excellence in terms of preserving water resources
Toulouse Métropole has signed a public service delegation to benefit from “the cheapest water in France” says Jean-Luc Moudenc. And it is now the private operator who takes care of drinking water, currently for 705,000 inhabitants. In the control room, Véolia agents pilot 5,000 sensors dispatched to check the leaks and the quality of the water you drink: 80 quality probes, 1,500 leak pre-locators, 300 hydrophones; “they make it possible to measure the noise emitted by the leaks, and according to this analysis, we can choose the right intervention to go to the user or to intervene in the public domain “ explains Laure Belmudès, director of the applied intelligence division at Cetom.
Toulouse’s water pipes are already enjoying one of the best yields in France “10% loss on the city ” and “about 14% in the Metropolis “. The objective: to gain another 2 to 3 conservation points for the resource over the next six years, “it also involves renewing the heritage of networks” Explain Jerome Natta.
Toulouse Métropole is considering a similar center to manage sanitation in Ginestous, this time Suez will operate.