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  • Origin and implementation of a new public policy for on-site sanitation in France. Towards a global value chain of wastewater more responsible?   Order a copy of this article
    by Olivier Fouché, José-Frédéric Deroubaix, Behzad Nasri, Tristan Lemaire 
    Abstract: Bad conditions of on-site sanitation (OSS) may induce a sanitary or environmental risk in peri-urban and rural areas, or at least uncertainty. To turn the corner, the legislator has accelerated since 2006 the creation of the OSS public service, called SPANC in French. This reform, based on a transfer of competence from the State to municipalities, thus created new stakeholders of OSS management, especially the local SPANCs and their users. In the case of OSS, the soil ecosystem services are wastewater treatment followed by release of treated water. The reform neglects these usual services and it is characterised by the suppression of in situ obligation of result on released water quality. The new public policy drives the emergence of a new market for depuration tools against more sustainable use of the soil depurator potential. Sustainability of the global value chain issued from the new policy is questioned.
    Keywords: stakeholders; soil functions; environmental impact; public service; territorial; interview; questionnaire.