Nicolas Juillet, President of the Syndicat départemental des Eaux de l'Aube (SDDEA) and Michèle Rousseau, Chair and CEO of BRGM, signed a collaboration agreement on 6 July 2018 to define predictive scenarios for integrated management of the complete water cycle, along with Benoit Grandmougin, Head of the Water and Biodiversity Department at the Environment and Development Directorate of the Grand-Est Region, elected representatives from the region, and Patricia Blanc, Director of the Seine-Normandy Water Agency.
Anticipating changes in water resources
The partnership between BRGM and the SDDEA mainly concerns the integrated management of the complete water cycle within the scope of the SDDEA and the area under its authority (supplying drinking water to more than 370 municipalities, accounting for more than 200,000 inhabitants, mainly in the Aube département).
The main objective is to produce long-term predictive scenarios, taking potential socio-economic and climatic changes into account and enabling the identification of strategic resources related to water uses.
To achieve this objective, a five-point action programme has been drawn up. It will take place in two phases:
- During the initial three-year phase, an inventory of current knowledge will be compiled, to help set up master plans for drinking-water supplies and to set up a water observatory.
- In the second phase, spatial modelling of the system and predictive scenarios for the next 100 years will be carried out in a context of adaptation to climate change.
Depending on the needs identified, other areas of cooperation may be envisaged, such as data management or crisis management.