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Public water supply and sanitation services

Updated on 25/02/2019
Définition
Sens technique

Municipal public utility in charge of conveying drinking water to the consumer's tap and collecting and treating wastewater and stormwater before returning them to the natural environment. The 30,000 French public water supply and sanitation services are also in charge of the relations with the consumer: information, demand management, billing, etc. The "drinking water supply" service includes the abstraction of water from the natural environment, its potabilization and supply. The "sanitation" service includes the collection, conveyance and treatment of wastewater and the disposal or reuse of sludge…

Source
According to the Ministries of the Environment and Health and AFB

Drinking water supply system

Updated on 25/02/2019
Définition
Sens commun
Part of the overall water supply system including pipes, tanks, pumping stations and other equipment through which water is supplied to users. This part begins at the exit of drinking water production plants and ends at the point of water delivery to the user. It does not include private pipes and accessories of buildings that bring water to the consumption points.
Source
According to the Ministries of the Environment and Health and AFB

Water economy

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens technique
A branch of the economy that theoretically deals with the relations between human societies and water, especially in economic policies relating to water, its consumption, use and pricing.
Source
according to the Ministry of Ecology

Charges/fees for pollution from domestic sources

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Amount of money paid by all inhabitants of a community according to their water consumption. The individual actions of each inhabitant to reduce his own consumption (wastage control, leak detection...) may directly lower the amounts paid.
Source
according to the Water Agencies