Rivière de la GourbeWhether it be for domestic, industrial or agricultural use, France draws 40 billion cubic metres of water from the natural environment each year and, after use, returns 34.4 billion cubic metres of wastewater.

Rigorous water management is vital if we are to continue meet all needs while preventing pollution.

The Orne Council’s role

Defining global water management policies

The Orne Council supports the actions of the water utility appointed to manage drinking water supplies. In coordination with the neighbouring departments, it implements global policies designed to manage river basins via the Schémas d’Aménagement de la Gestion des Eaux (SAGE) - or water management and planning schemes. There are nine SAGEs in the Orne.

Providing technical support for local authorities

The Orne was the first department in Western France to set up a Service d’Assistance Technique à l’Eau Potable et à sa Protection (SATEPP) – technical support service for drinking water and its protection). Its role is to set up drinking water abstraction zones to prevent all risks of accidental pollution and, more generally, to protect water resources within these catchment areas.

The Service d’Appui Technique au Traitement des Eaux et des Milieux Aquatiques (SATTEMA) – technical support service for water treatment and aquatic environments) offers technical expertise for local authorities running water treatment works.

The Cellule d’Assistance Technique à l’Entretien des Rivières (CATER) – technical support unit for river maintenance) for Lower Normandy supports project developers in charge of waterway management and promotion.