Established in 2013, the water treatment station at Disneyland Paris managed by the Environment teams, collects wastewater for treatment and reuse, eliminating environmental pollution. Let’s take a closer look at this pioneering project, a first for a european theme park.
At the project’s origins
Disneyland® Paris was the first European theme park to open its own water treatment station to reduce its drinking water consumption. In 2004, the company started studying with the help of a consulting firm, the opportunity for a proposed wastewater treatment and recycling plant. The team of Francis Borezée, Real Estate Development, led the upstream phase of the project with various internal departments : project definition, studies, research with an operator, the legal structure, the interface with the agency water (DASS) for water quality, monitoring the building permit with elected officials, defining the architectural project …. the follow-up work was then supported by the team of Bernard Coste, including Philippe Hervieu (technical support), Nicole Ouimet (environmental part) and Stephan Bischoff (monitoring of construction and operation phase).
Beyond drinking water savings, the project had the effect of relieving the sewage treatment plant of SIAM (local union of sanitation at Marne-la-Vallée) located in Saint-Thibault des Vignes. This one already treats the effluents effect of 29 municipalities, the equivalent of 190 000 inhabitants, and should have invested in a significant expansion without the creation of a dedicated station for Disneyland Paris.
Reducing the use of drinking water
Daily, the station is run by the Environment team (Marilya Chatzistamatiou), and treats wastewater from the two parks and from Disneyland Hotel every day. In other words, some 740,000 m3 of wastewater is recycled every year for many uses: as part of attractions, to fill the basins in the theme parks and in Disney Village, to clean pathways, to water green spaces in Golf Disneyland (since 2014), or to cool down the power plant. In total, this station allows saving drinking water 300 000 m3 per year!
For this equipment, Disneyland Paris partnered with the world’s leading provider of water services, Veolia Eau for the operation, and its subsidiaries OTV France and SADE who led the construction of treatment facilities and networks deployment. The station is at the cutting edge of innovation with its membrane filtration system (Biosep® process) which eliminates bacteria, viruses and parasites. The station is also completely integrated into its surroundings in a covered building which prevents potential inconveniences linked to odor (by confining the odor sources) or noise (by grouping noisy equipment in soundproofed premises).