Consortium Partners

Water Department of Greater Lyon – France


The water management in the Greater Lyon is a public service. It provides drinking water and sanitation to 1 300 000 inhabitants in the 57 municipalities of the Greater Lyon. The Water Department is responsible for the transport and delivery of drinking water, it operates a 2700 km long sewer system collecting effluents from its 57 municipalities and from 27 other municipalities bordering its territory and it operates 9 wastewater treatment plants. The company consists of 630 people, mostly devoted to sanitation, also uses Suez and Veolia Water SDEI for the distribution of drinking water. Since 1975 the company is working with academia and engineering schools. The great Lyon and co-founder of GRAIE and the OTHU ( with an upgrade available for researchers, its books and measurement hardware.(Stations observation flows, a network of rain gauges, databases).

Since 1975 the Water Department is working in close collaboration with universities and engineering schools. The Greater Lyon is co-founder of the GRAIE (Rhône-Alpes Research Group for Water and Infrastructures, and of the OTHU (Field Observatory for Urban Water Management, For OTHU, the Water Department makes its facilities, data (raingauge network, monitoring stations, database …) and staff available for researchers and their research activities and defines jointly with academics the OTHU Operational Research Programme.

Contact person: Jean CHAPGIER (Mr)




Institut National des Sciences Appliquées – France


INSA Lyon is one of the top universities of Science and Technology in Europe. Created in 1957, INSA Lyon trains yearly more than 900 humanist multi-competent engineers over a 5 year curriculum and has 24 research laboratories. The LGCIE (Laboratory of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 140 persons including 55 permanent researchers and 50 PhD students) includes a research group on “Urban Water Systems - UWS” which is one of the leading groups at both French and international levels in the field of urban drainage and urban water management. The UWS research group deals mainly with i) production and transfers of water and pollutants in UWS, ii) treatment of storm water effluents in both traditional networks and in BMPs infrastructures and iii) performance analysis (incl. performance indicators, decision making and multi-criteria analysis) of the operation of UWS. For all topics, metrology / monitoring and modelling are coupled. The group is very active in many national and international collaborative research projects. The social sciences research group EDU (Environments and Urban Devices, 19 persons including 5 permanent researchers and 14 PhD students) from the INSA Lyon - CNRS UMR 5600 Laboratory EVS (Environment City Society) works on social aspects related to urban development and urbanization, particularly to urban water systems and their operation, management and social perception.

Contact person: Françoise MARTIN (Ms.)


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Some of the consortiums partners
This project has received
funding from the European Union’s
Seventh Programme for Research,
Technological Development and
Demonstration under Grant
Agreement No 244232
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