A practical exercise in managing the common good / a reasoned approach or political-financial compulsion? – South Corrèze eco-citizenship and proximity


Xaintrie – the geographical sector of the left bank of the Dordogne; It is bordered by 3 deep valleys, the Dordogne, the Maronne and the Cère. Sparsely populated, it is an exceptional natural environment for its fauna and flora; It is classified by UNESCO as a Natura 2000 site and a World Biosphere Reserve. Water supply in municipalities is scarce, and water is scarce during peak summer heat.

The community of municipalities wants to move to a centralized solution with a single collection point and a single operator company for all municipalities. All the water had to be pumped into the Dordogne, filtered and delivered to the upstream utilities by electricity. This scenario abandons all impoundments historically applied near and above municipalities.

These counterintuitive aspects are mentioned and condemned in a document published by 13 municipalities of the citizen survey, associations and communities. You can find them below.

The Com-com meeting on December 9, 2021, which was supposed to allow the adoption of this project, could not be held because the room was occupied by 200 demonstrators. (Download the article from La Montagne here)

It seems that a series of merciless confrontation between a rational approach to a precious collective resource and an authoritarian policy is beginning. You’re not on Netflix or in a movie like “Erin Brocovitch” or “Fair Game.” It takes place at home in Correz, thirty minutes from Tulle and Brive.

Opening a citizen survey

A citizen survey on the Xaintrie drinking water master plan has been open for several weeks: https://ecxvd.wordpress.com/2022/05/06/contributions/
It should be noted that in the absence of a bridge with the population, it was organized by the residents of Haintrie.

The contributions are exemplary, methodical and enlightening. In particular, it seems that this region has never been deprived of water throughout its history. requests that the general interest value of the “water” resource be taken into account and its management be conducted in an exemplary democratic manner.

Here’s a contribution that pretty well summarizes all the angles covered by this query:

I agree with all contributions to this survey

  1. To maintain the water authority, the public utility will be managed by the municipalities
  2. to take inventory of potential unused resources,
    Request a study by a hydrogeologist in the Puy du Bassin sector
  3. strengthen the existing hydrants, if necessary, restore them
    rather than funding useless remineralization plants,
    to develop interconnections for municipalities with deficits
  4. only one source of supply is dangerous during an incident
  5. the presented projects are very expensive and will incur costs
    Excessive transaction as opposed to bill reduction
    causing energy and economic difficulties
  6. Our waters are of high quality, filtered naturally
    chlorination and other physicochemical processes will change its taste
    will harm health and groundwater
  7. It is cheap in our food webs created by our adults
    operation, finish in time!

We conclude by noting the last two angles contributed by contributors =

  1. The depositor analyzes the reasons for the closure of water bodies by AYS; he wonders about pollution justifying this closure due to the logical presence of pesticides during a heat wave, but gets no answer.
  2. Emphasize some simple and reversible causes of water scarcity (drainage of wetlands and agricultural fields, removal of hedgerows, planting of resinous trees along waterways, etc.)

Try to take the time to read the citizen survey contributions. They are excited:


Act of Association for Xaintrie

In the contribution of J. Guerin, vice president of the AAPLX association, three points are particularly emphasized:

  1. The general approach is to solve the situation by completely obscuring the root cause analysis!!
  2. supply from one watershed concentrates all risks (cost fluctuations, pollution risks, failure, etc.) on thirty municipalities at the same time.
  3. The “non-pedagogical” aspect of the whole process is emphasized by most of the contributors: the magic solution will fall from the sky and no citizen, no farmer will have to be aware of anything or participate. a challenge posed on a planetary scale!

Refer to J. Guerin’s contribution:

Corrèze Environnement Association analysis

Corrèze Environnement, a local association federation, contributes richly to the citizen survey. It is a critique of the initial methodology, the bias of analysis and the democratic quality of governance. There it is:

Document of municipalities opposing the single water basin project

14 municipal buildings from 30 communes of the community are against this project. They present their arguments through a concise and sophisticated document. Its strengths are:

  1. Questioning the cost of education over 600,000 euros, which does not meet the axes of its specifications (learn additional resources = they go in the opposite direction, ignoring these traces). (and for that matter there is no answer to their query)
  2. Presentation with results of catchment diversification scenarios implemented elsewhere in France
  3. many risks associated with a watershed, including the dependence of the price of water on the price of electricity
  4. and proposals for solutions for the diversification and enhancement of current watersheds

Access this document in PDF:

A significant bias of the centered capture method approach

Let’s not forget to highlight the bias mentioned in the citizen survey: the centralization of water collection can lead to the abandonment of monitoring of all pollution in the collection points that currently cover the area uniformly!!!

Citizens meeting to report on public inquiry on Monday 19th September

As you can see, long-term and deep issues are related to this issue of water management.

On September 19, a civic meeting is held in Argentat. Come and participate.

Public meeting: Comm-com, prefecture, ARS, CD19 September 26 at the Salle des Confluences in Argentat

On September 26, Argentat will hold a public meeting in Xaintrie-Val de Dordogne to officially present the drinking water management project.

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