Producing drinking water
Treating water to make it drinkable
Our mission is to produce and distribute drinking water 24/7 and to provide guaranteed continuity of service. We extract water from the natural environment, treat it to make it fit for human consumption, store it and distribute it. Our operation teams work within the communities we serve to provide day-to-day management of :
- 6,500 pumping stations
- 1,800 drinking water treatment plants
Saur has developed and patented many treatment processes to address the diversity of water resource characteristics:
- adapting processes to cope with variations in raw water quality
- optimising plant energy and reagent consumption
- protecting water resources and catchment perimeters
- offering additional treatments to those local authorities that require them (water hardness, drug residues, pesticides, etc.)
- preparing crisis management plans to cope with any unforeseen event (water resource pollution, disruption to supply, etc.)
Testing water quality
Legal provisions and regulations cover :
- the quality of resources used in the production of drinking water
- water treatment
- water storage
- water supply
- quality testing of the water supplied
There are 54 different bacteriological and physicochemical parameters to be complied with, and all are monitored regularly by analyses conducted under the supervision of the French Departmental Health and Social Services Departments(DDASS) , as well as by a rigorous programme of self-testing.
Saur has its own laboratories and offers its local authority industrial customers a comprehensive package of expertise in water quality management. Our quality monitoring service operates 24/7/365. Every day, our experts analyse many hundreds of different physicochemical and biological parameters to provide guaranteed safeguards for consumer health, test bathing water quality and check the compliance of treated water returned to the natural environment.
Protecting the resource
The EU water framework directive (WFD) requires that all European water resources must achieve a ‘good status’ by 2015. Based on this directive, the French aquatic environments and water legislation (LEMA) of 30 December 2006 sets out a series of specific actions for catchment areas serving extraction points.
The French government’s Grenelle de l’Environnement environmental consultancy initiative has identified 507 locations threatened by diffuse pollution from nitrates, plant protection products, and other pollutants. Protecting extraction perimeters is now the focus of many concerted initiatives implemented by central government, regional authorities and local business communities. Saur makes its specialist skills in raw water quality monitoring and laboratory analysis available to its partners.