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In 2016, France had 3165 urban waste water agglomerations of more then 2 000 population equivalent (p.e). These agglomerations generated a total load of 71 732 929 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 465 secondary treatment plants and 2823 more stringent treatment plants. All these treatment plants have a total design capacity of 92 890 636 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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Destination2016
Collected by collecting system71,732,929 pe, 100 %
Individual and Appropriate Systems0 pe, 0 %
Discharged without treatment0 pe, 0 %
Total71,732,929 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 type2016
No information71,732,929 pe
3,165 na
*pe: Population equivalent, *na: Number of agglomeration

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 state2016
Compliant61,112,455 pe
Not Compliant10,620,474 pe
Total71,732,929 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of agglomerations by compliance
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Number of agglomerations by compliance
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Compliance state2016
Compliant2,850
Not Compliant315
Total3,165
*: 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 state2016
Compliant66,864,170 pe
Not relevant347,612 pe
Not Compliant6,038,301 pe
Total73,250,083 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of treatment plant by compliance
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Number of treatment plant by compliance
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Compliance state2016
Compliant2,930
Not relevant70
Not Compliant288
Total3,288
*: 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 type2016
Secondary treatment9,375,253 pe
More stringent treatment63,874,830 pe
Total73,250,083 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of treatment plant by treatment type
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Number of treatment plant by treatment type
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Treatment type2016
Secondary treatment465
More stringent treatment2,823
Total3,288
*: 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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Size2016
< 10,000 pe9,793,767 pe
10,000 to 100,000 pe26,760,168 pe
> 100,000 pe35,178,994 pe
Total71,732,929 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of agglomeration by size
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Number of agglomeration by size
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Size2016
< 10,000 pe2,178
10,000 to 100,000 pe882
> 100,000 pe105
Total3,165
*: Number of elements

MS Level statistics

Sludge destination
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In 2016, 941,881 Tons DS of sludge was generated
Sludge destination
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In 2016, 941,881 Tons DS of sludge was generated
Destination2016
Discharged into surface waters : Pipelines0.0
Discharged into surface waters : Ships0.0
Discharged into surface waters : Others0.0
Re-used: Soil and agriculture754,967.0
Re-used: Others4,491.0
Disposed: Landfill64,290.0
Disposed: Incineration104,527.0
Disposed: Others13,606.0
Total941,881.0
Water re-use

2016 : 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
201671,732,929 - -
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
20163,165 - -
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
201660,972,09310,415,094345,742
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
20162,78930769
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
201641,764,4153,312,27526,656,239
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
2016627642,474