A WORD FROM THE PARTNERS

THEY HAVE THE SPEECH

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Water plays a major role in economic activity. It concerns several sectors from water resources management to treatment, transport, distribution, recovery and reprocessing. It also concerns activities around sediment recovery, treatment and recycling. This activity covers several sectors, including civil engineering, mechanics, hydrogeology, hydraulics, chemistry, biology, agriculture, instrumentation...
The water sector is today facing a number of challenges, including ageing or no infrastructures, the increasing pressure on resources (climate change, pollution, droughts, floods...), environmental requirements and the recession. To take up these challenges, a significant effort in research and development has been devoted to the water sector. LGCgE, the civil engineering and geo-environment laboratory at Ecole des Mines de Douai at Université Lille1 has been involved for many years in a project of training, research and development with local authorities and the private sector in France and abroad. This activity concerns the recycling of sediments, the sustainable management of water resources, the management of the heritage and the use of smart systems for the management of water networks. Through its involvement in the Aqua-City Forum, LGCgE would like to create in the region and national and international scale meeting place for public and private stakeholders to debate about innovation in the water sector.

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Water management is more than ever an essential element in the reflection conducted to design the sustainable city of tomorrow. Facing the vulnerability to droughts and floods, controlling the quality of the resources, and manage its rarity within smart territories, organizing the asset management of infrastructures to guarantee acceptable services and affordable water prices are the challenges caused mainly by the climate change. Personnel from public services, professionals from the private sector, elected members... must all take up these challenges, and update their knowledge and their know-how in this field. This is why vocational training is a key link in the value chain implemented to guarantee the sustainable and careful management of water resources.
Technical and technological innovation, as well as a review of our management methods for
these resources will be key challenges to envisage the future serenely. Controlling technologies and adapting the administration of the services require, by training, to become familiar with new techniques that include new techniques for the management of rainwater, tools for the follow- up and the dynamic management of water distribution networks, new techniques for the treatment of wastewater with a view to reusing it,
alternative and energy recovery technologies, or the management of by-products of water treatment for the protection of the environment.
Tomorrow, sustainable cities will include water as a key element for leisure and well-being, to make the urban space more pleasant or even cooler in summer time, without waste, using water smartly.

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