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In 2018, France had 3178 urban waste water agglomerations of more then 2 000 population equivalent (p.e). These agglomerations generated a total load of 73 616 907 p.e. 100% of this load is connected to collecting systems and 0% addressed through Individual and Appropriate Systems (storage or septic tanks, micro-stations,...). These agglomerations are connected to 355 secondary treatment plants and 2934 more stringent treatment plants. All these treatment plants have a total design capacity of 93 594 705 p.e.

Agglomeration : Generated load by collection

Generated Load by collection type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Generated Load by collection type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Destination2018
Collected by collecting system73,616,907 pe, 100 %
Individual and Appropriate Systems0 pe, 0 %
Discharged without treatment0 pe, 0 %
Total73,616,907 pe, 100 %
*pe: Population equivalent, *%: Rate
Generated Load by sewage network type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Generated Load by sewage network type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Network type2018
No information73,616,907 pe
3,178 na
*pe: Population equivalent, *na: Number of agglomerations

Agglomeration : Generated load by compliance

Total generated load by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total generated load by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Compliance state2018
Compliant65,918,928 pe
Not Compliant7,697,979 pe
Total73,616,907 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of agglomerations by compliance
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Number of agglomerations by compliance
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Compliance state2018
Compliant2,847
Not Compliant331
Total3,178
*: Number of elements

Waste water treatment plant : Load entering by compliance

Total load entering by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total load entering by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Compliance state2018
Not Compliant5,310,911 pe
Not relevant320,321 pe
Compliant67,918,125 pe
Total73,549,357 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of treatment plants by compliance
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Number of treatment plants by compliance
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Compliance state2018
Not Compliant363
Not relevant69
Compliant2,857
Total3,289
*: Number of elements

Waste water treatment plant : Load entering by treatment type

Total load entering by treatment type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total load entering by treatment type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Treatment type2018
Secondary treatment7,560,437 pe
More stringent treatment65,988,920 pe
Total73,549,357 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of treatment plants by treatment type
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Number of treatment plants by treatment type
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Treatment type2018
Secondary treatment355
More stringent treatment2,934
Total3,289
*: Number of elements

Agglomeration : generated load by agglomeration size

Total generated load by agglomeration size (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total generated load by agglomeration size (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Size2018
< 10,000 pe9,705,075 pe
10,000 to 100,000 pe26,913,613 pe
> 100,000 pe36,998,219 pe
Total73,616,907 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of agglomerations by size
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Number of agglomerations by size
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Size2018
< 10,000 pe2,180
10,000 to 100,000 pe893
> 100,000 pe105
Total3,178
*: Number of elements

MS Level statistics

Sludge destination
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In 2018, 1,096,720 Tons DS of sludge was generated
Sludge destination
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In 2018, 1,096,720 Tons DS of sludge was generated
Destination2018
Discharged into surface waters : Pipelines0.0
Discharged into surface waters : Ships0.0
Discharged into surface waters : Others0.0
Re-used: Soil and agriculture893,148.0
Re-used: Others28,428.0
Disposed: Landfill7,664.0
Disposed: Incineration150,020.0
Disposed: Others17,463.0
Total1,096,723.0
Water re-use

2018 : 0.1 % of treated waste water are re-used. This water is used in agriculture

Legal compliance

Legal compliance for collection in p.e.
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Legal compliance for collection in p.e.
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
201873,616,907 - -
Legal compliance for collection by number of agglomerations
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Legal compliance for collection by number of agglomerations
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
20183,178 - -
Legal compliance for 2nd treatment in p.e.
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Legal compliance for 2nd treatment in p.e.
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
201866,088,5777,213,338314,992
Legal compliance for 2nd treatment by number of agglomerations
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Legal compliance for 2nd treatment by number of agglomerations
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
20182,78432668
Legal compliance for 3rd treatment in p.e.
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Legal compliance for 3rd treatment in p.e.
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
201842,762,8732,832,98128,021,053
Legal compliance for 3rd treatment by number of agglomerations
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Legal compliance for 3rd treatment by number of agglomerations
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
2018628592,491