Édition #5

Project for a water observatory in the Le Grésivaudan area

François BERNIGAUD Vice-President in charge of water and sanitation, Communauté de Communes Le Grésivaudan

Water uses, in particular the drinking water supply, are currently secure in our region. However, in the longer term, there are questions about the resource’s evolution in terms of quantity or quality, linked to a locally dominant industrial use that is set to expand and the impact on the available resource during periods of drought.

Recently, water-related groups have been formed where it appears that conflicts of use are tending to crystallise. Without any concrete data to analyse or because of a lack of knowledge on the subject, we are seeing rhetoric and attitudes that are sometimes taking precedence over reality.

Over and above the risk of misinformation among the general public and the implementation of inappropriate solutions that would be detrimental in the long term, the Le Grésivaudan area wants to create a water observatory with the goal of objectifying the debates on this issue.

The goal of this observatory is to:
» Develop and disseminate knowledge about water withdrawal and use at the local and sub-local level.
» Provide a forum for discussion and consultation between the players involved in the sectors of water and climate change, by setting up meetings and thematic work groups.
» Provide objective data to support the monitoring and implementation of policies to control water consumption, particularly by providing specific expertise in certain areas (e.g. a regional identity card for water resources, etc.).
» Guarantee the transparency of the discussions and productions carried out within the observatory, so that the public can be provided with reliable and sincere information on the state of the resource, its uses, the actions taken to reduce the impact of these uses as far as possible and their monitoring over time.

It is understood that the observatory will look at water resources as a whole – not just the water required to produce drinking water – including reprocessed and reused water. The observatory’s scope will therefore also extend to surface water, groundwater collection and meteorological and climate data, as well as wastewater treatment.

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Originally from Mâcon, after starting his professional career as a specialist educator, he seized the opportunity to return to his studies, turning to industry and IT and specialising in the development of software for mobility and transport. He went on to use this expertise in France and abroad.
After settling in Saint-Martin-d’Uriage in 1986, he became involved in the town’s community and political life. A local councillor for 2 terms, he then became a deputy and Vice-Chairman of Le Grésivaudan Communauté de Communes, in charge of water and sanitation.