• Wastewater : conquering blue gold… recycled!

    Wastewater : conquering blue gold… recycled!


    A few months ago, we were zooming in on the “REUSE“, a new European regulation governing the use and treatment of wastewater in order to recycle and “reuse” it.
    But the REUSE is more than a regulatory directive: it is a trend that is developing more and more throughout the world.

    In order to delve deeper into the subject, here is a longer article about this new practice with vast potential!



    Protection of the environment : Towards sustainable management of the water cycle

    Water, a vital resource but also in the midst of a crisis, is the pillar of this.

    “Water is not necessary for life, it is life”. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry summed up the essence of water in one sentence. This is why, in order to protect nature, it is necessary to preserve the primordial element from which it is made.

    As a natural resource essential to life, water is in short supply on our planet. While 70% of the Earth’s water is water, only 2.5% of it is fresh water for consumption, of which only 0.7% is accessible on the surface. But access to this resource is so unequal that it is a source of many conflicts. Faced with this environmental degradation, the societal expectation to avoid wastingwater is increasing. “We have to find a way out of the droughts, stop wasting water. Recycling and reuse of water is now strongly encouraged”. (Source : Futura-Sciences)


    The trend towards recycling is winning over water

    In a context of global expansion of water recycling, treated wastewater represents millions of m3 of water, which is little used. The increased reuse of water should therefore alleviate the pressure on freshwater supplies. Wastewater reuse, known as REUSE, is thus seen as a way forward for the circular economy and a promising solution to climate change.


    What are the benefits of REUSE?

    The reuse of treated wastewater is of great environmental and economic interest:

    Environmental benefits

    Economic benefits

    • Reduction of pollutant discharges into the natural environment
    • Limiting the overexploitation of natural resources
    • Creation of a reliable water resource, independent of climatic hazards
    • Creation of a cheaper water resource for uses other than human consumption (agriculture, industry, leisure areas, etc.)


    What recyclable wastewater are we talking about?

    These are essentially:

    • Grey water from treatment plants
    • Industrial wastewater
    • Urban rainwater

    The regulations governing the use of “Re-use” differ from one country to another. Several countries around the world have already taken measures for the environment, and more specifically the protection of our water reserves. Some of them have also drawn up a decree on the use of water from urban wastewater treatment for the irrigation of crops or green spaces.

    In Europe, falling groundwater levels – due in particular to agricultural irrigation but also to industrial use and urban development – are one of the main threats to the aquatic environment.  (Source : European Parliament)

    Global drought: governments mobilise

    Some developed countries subject to intense drought have turned to wastewater reuse in recent decades, such as Australia, Singapore, Israel and the countries of the Persian Gulf, or the southern United States (California, Florida, Texas, Arizona). In fact, the State of California, a pioneer in wastewater reuse, introduced the first regulations in this area at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Since then, these regulations have evolved with ever more advanced treatments to guarantee very high quality water, which many countries have drawn inspiration from.


    Europe adopts REUSE in its Environmental Plan 2025


    Europe is lagging behind when it comes to wastewater reuse. Over the last ten years or so, the volume of wastewater reused has grown by 10 to 30% in Europe. The European champions of the REUSE river are Italy and Spain, with 8 and 14% use of their treated wastewater. But this is still very little compared to countries such as Namibia or Singapore, which reach 100%!

    In this context and in order to homogenise the reuse of waste water, the European Parliament adopted last May a new regulation on the hygienisation of water in four levels (A, B, C and D). Although this regulation is stricter, Europe foresees a wastewater reuse potential of 6.6 billion m3 by 2025 (compared to 1.1 billion each year currently).


    Wastewater reuse: a resource with great potential for all sectors

    But how can this recycled wastewater become a complementary water resource for agriculture, industry or even cities and communities?


    Agricultural irrigation has always been the largest consumer of recycled water and water consumer (70% of global demand). This makes it a key player in the reuse of wastewater and the maintenance of natural resources. As an example, on a farm, wastewater (or agricultural effluents – with the exception of black water) can be recycled thanks to a micro-purification plant.


    Industry, which is a large water consumer, is also a source of waste water: industrial effluents. In the context of the circular economy, these effluents – commonly loaded with micropollutants – can go from being waste to being a resource.
    Thus, water from industries and treatment plants can be used in closed circuits for liquid processes, cleaning, energy production (biomethanisation) or heating.

    City & Community

    At urban and peri-urban level, once treated, wastewater is used to water green spaces (watering gardens, golf courses, stadiums, etc.). In addition to the irrigation of crops and green spaces, REUSE can also have environmental uses such as fire-fighting or the maintenance of water bodies, rivers and wetlands.

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    Depending on the country and the progress of a law governing REUSE, professionals will have to adapt their structures – more or less quickly – in order to be able to use their wastewater according to the established standards. Certificates, such as those currently in use, will be used to control, among other things, the level of water quality.

    What are the solutions for these new measures?

    In addition to appropriate treatment solutions, industrialists, farmers and also local authorities must ensure that the storage and reuse of wastewater complies with regulations. Storage in particular, must take into account several aspects:

    • Treated water must not be contaminated by external pollution, which would require new treatment before it can be used for irrigation.
    • Treated water should generally be kept away from the public to control human exposure.
    • Wastewater has suspended solids that create the risk of deposits in the storage solution or clogging of localized irrigation systems.

    The container (storage solution) must also limit the transfer of substances.


    REUSE is a controversial issue. In particular, the question of health risks, potential soil pollution, and the cost of treating this “grey water” is hindering its use. However, all the different alternative uses mentioned above are certainly identified as sustainable solutions to the problems of global water shortage that some countries should start to face in the next twenty years… or even in the next decade.


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    Related article:  World Environment Day 2020 : let’s reuse our wastewater!


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    Since the early 2000s, experts have been alerting us to the world’s biggest crisis: the lack of fresh water.



    All water-related risks, by aggregating all selected indicators from the Physical Quantity, Quality and Regulatory & Reputational Risk categories.


    What is “zero day”?

    Day zero is the fateful date when no more pure water will be available; the day when no more water will come out of our taps.
    Currently, over a quarter of humanity is already threatened by this scourge:

    • In the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, countries are badly confronted with “extreme water stress“; due to the increasing scarcity of fresh water resources in particular and an inappropriate management (lack of foresight, storage…).
    • In the Americas, Australia and Oceania, droughts are increasing and large-scale fires are ravaging forests.
    • In Europe, several countries are now on high alert and in a stage of “high water stress“. Some cities are rationing access to water during Summer, while others have set up network cuts at certain times of the day.

    All in all, 17 countries are significantly making great strides towards “zero day”, and 27 others spread across the rest of the world (Europe and the Americas) are likely to be affected in the coming decade; for a total of 44 countries – which account for a third of the world’s population.



    Climate change is the main cause of this water depletion. Between mega-droughts, torrential rains, river floods, hurricanes, etc.; Groundwater tables can no longer recharge properly and vegetation is under severe strain.




    Regardless of the geographical region, water stress can be alleviated by more or less sophisticated measures. The August 2019 report of the World Resources Institute (WRI) gives us 4 simple solutions that can be applied immediately:

    1. Increasing crop yield: by using seeds that require less water, by collecting and storing rainwater; but also by improving irrigation techniques, through precision watering.
    2. Investing in green infrastructure: by promoting biodiversity, preserving our forests, and favouring eco-responsible construction in urban and peri-urban areas (parks, green walls or roofs, sustainable water management systems…).
    3. Investing in grey infrastructure: operating in tandem with green infrastructure, grey infrastructure is built infrastructure (such as pipelines and wastewater treatment plants) that helps solve water supply and water quality problems.
    4. Treat, reuse and recycle: wastewater should no longer be considered as waste, but as a useful and reusable resource. Indeed, wastewater can be collected and reused in different ways (through water retention and purification systems).



    To conclude, in order to postpone or even annihilate this inevitability, a better management of water resources is needed. However, water is an intrinsically local issue – and although the world authorities are very concerned about our future – we should also be aware of the shortage of water and implement actions to preserve this vital resource.


    Consult the interactive map of the World Resources Institute (WRI) > https://wri.org/applications/aqueduct/water-risk-atlas


    Find out more about Corporate patronage operations to help preserve and provide access to water:
    Patronage within Labaronne-Citaf

    By choosing our products, you are all actors in the access to water for all!



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  • World Environment Day 2020

    World Environment Day 2020 :
    let’s reuse our wastewater!

    Find the full article : Conquering blue gold… recycled!”

    On this Environment Day 2020, Labaronne-Citaf offers you a zoom on one of the many environmental uses of our tanks: the new European regulation REUSE.


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    What is REUSE?

    Called REUSE, from the expression “wastewater reuse“, this new regulation relates to a 2010 decree governing the use of water from urban wastewater treatment for the irrigation of crops or green spaces. In Europe, the volumes of wastewater reused have increased by 10% to 30% in 10 years. In France, for example, we reuse only 0,6% of our treated waste water.

    What are the benefits?

    Reusing treated wastewater has many benefits, saving both natural bodies of water (surface water) and groundwater from over-extraction. In addition to the environmental benefit, it also allows farmers to continue watering during periods of drought, having the water necessary to water the crops.
    The reuse of waste water thus appears to be a way forward for the circular economy and a promising solution to climate change.

    Why are we talking about it today?

    The REUSE was adopted last May by the European Parliament to homogenize wastewater reuse. This new regulation will add minimum quality thresholds at European level. Indeed, the European minimum requirements will relate to the hygienisation of water in four levels (A, B, C and D). These quality thresholds will be stricter than the current standards, and will have to be applied throughout Europe by 2023. Although this will bring many environmental and economic benefits for businesses, farmers, industrialists and communities will have to adapt their structures quickly to the new treatment and storage measures in particular.

    How can Labaronne-Citaf support you in this environmental measure?

    As pioneers and inventors of flexible storage solutions, our products are perfectly in line with the stated compliance criteria: water protected from any external contamination, safe and out of human contact, adapted treatment system and without discharge into the ground… An enlightened observer and designer of sustainable solutions, we have already worked on numerous wastewater storage tank projects. Agricultural effluents, industrial effluents, sludge from WWTPs, rainwater, waste water … We offer economical and tailor-made storage solutions for various applications, allowing you to store water without the risk of external pollution for reuse in crops and green spaces.


    If you are interested in this subject, please read our complete article about REUSE :

    Conquering blue gold… recycled!

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  • Restos du Cœur Vegetable Gardens

    “Les Jardins du Coeur” : two tanks offered for the vegetable gardens of the Coluche’s “Restos du Coeur”


    While the “Restos du Coeur” charity is well known to everyone in France, the “Restos du Coeur” Gardens are not so well-known. However, these integration structures support more than 2,000 people every year, enjoying personalised socio-professional coaching in the context of market gardening activities.

    citernes eau jardins potagers Restos du Cœur
    Donation of 2 water tanks for the vegetable gardens of the “Restos du Coeur”, named “Heart Gardens”.

    At the end of April 2018, Labaronne-Citaf donated two water tanks to the “Restaurants du Cœur” located in the department of Isère ((South East France). The association, which was in the process of setting up vegetable gardens – with the help of apprentice volunteer horticulturists, had actually asked us to help water these spaces.

    After a quick diagnosis (available surface area, water volume requirements, etc.), we offered them a 5 m3 flexible tank and a second one of 15 m3.

    These two cisterns collect rainwater and thus, can supply the whole garden: salads, tomatoes, zucchinis… each vegetable has now found its place and is flourishing under our beautiful Rhone-Alpine sun!





    Coluche’s “Restos du Coeur” Charity

    Founded by Coluche in 1985, the Restos du Cœur is a charity association, recognised as being of public utility, under the official name of “Restaurants of Heart – Relay of Heart”. Their aim is “to help and provide voluntary assistance to the needy, particularly in the food sector, through access to free meals, and by participating in their social and economic integration, as well as in any action against poverty in all its aspects”.


    Isère’s “Restaurants of  Heart”  in a few figures:

    • 988 Volunteers
    •  23,337 Persons hosted
    • 2,869,466 Meals distributed


    Article published on this subject :

    Le Dauphiné : Gardens for the Coluche’s “Restos du Coeur”


    Operation “Water, a lever for sustainable development” 2020:
    Further details of the project on the “Patronage” page
    By choosing our products, you are all actors in the access to water for all!


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  • COVID-19: always at your side!

    COVID-19: our staff always at your side!


    Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have done everything possible to continue to accompany you in these difficult times.


    Covid19 – Labaronne-Citaf: our teams, always present to maintain your business.


    We have set up a minimum service plan in order to continue to answer your calls & requests:

    • Our teams remain available and reachable by phone & email from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, from Monday to Friday.
    • A hotline is available from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday on +33 (0)4 74 31 40 40
    • Our workshop has been organized including the preventive measures in order to respect our production deadlines as much as possible and to respond to our customers’ emergencies.
    • Our MIL (Maintenance & Installation) department is at a standstill. This decision was taken for the protection of our employees and our customers.
    • In case of emergency, without any answer from us by phone, you can contact us by emergency@citaf.eu.


    The choice of Made in France, a responsible and united commitment

    Our willingness to remain – whatever the cost – a “Made in France” company is once again rewarded. Thus, we are fully able to honour our orders, and continue to design new products every day in our factory in Pont-Evêque, with responsiveness and involvement.
    We do our best to meet your needs and ensure reasonable delivery times.

    However, we are fully aware of the difficulties you may have in your activities. You can count on our commitment to pay particular attention to the situation of each one of our customers.


    Take care of yourself.

    #covid19 #allUnited #StandTogether


    And you can still follow all our news on our social networks:
    discover the special issue of Capital magazine, dedicated to success stories à la Française” 🇫🇷

    Keep safe, keep smiling and stand together.


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  • 1st successful sponsorship operation, thanks to you!



    Throughout 2019, Labaronne-Citaf is involved alongside the NGO Solidarités International in its fight against water-borne diseases, which kill more than 2.6 million people every year. 

    Storage in flexible tanks facilitates the response to humanitarian emergencies, development aid missions or peacekeeping and reconstruction missions. Inventor of the self-supporting flexible tank, our product is ideally suited for the storage of liquids, whether it is mobile or permanent. This is why we have naturally chosen to support – at our level – the “Water for All” project, by setting up a patronage action. True to its values of responsibility, it was also an opportunity for our company to mark its 60 years of existence as a red-letter day.


    2019 Results

    This sponsorship operation consisted of transferring a portion of sales we made – for each litre of storage sold in 2019 – to the humanitarian organization. You were able to follow on our website and throughout the year, the number of liters sold thanks to a dynamic counter, that we had fitted for the occasion.

    And it is with great pleasure that we share with you today the total amount of this action, which was a real success. Indeed, we have largely exceeded our objective: thanks to the commitment and loyalty of our customers, we have reached a total of just over 258,000,000 litres  of storage sold!

    On February 13th, our Humanitarian Project Manager and our Communication Manager went to Paris (to be precise, to Clichy – the headquarters of Solidarités International) to hand over our donation cheque and exchange with the teams on the projects in progress, but also on their organisation and the interest of our products in the field.

    From left to right: Elisabeth Neyrand, Labaronne-Citaf Humanitarian Project Manager / Nathalie Couinet, Labaronne-Citaf Communication Manager / Thierry Benlahsen, Director of Operations Solidarités International / Marie Houel – Head of Supply Department Solidarités International / Matilde Touzalin – Head of Collection Solidarités International.


    This act of solidarity, which all the members of Labaronne-Citaf wish to renew and perpetuate, we are extending it to 2020.

    As a committed and experienced manufacturer, Labaronne-Citaf has always been involved with humanitarian organizations, providing them with reliable products adapted to the field. This new year will be an another opportunity to support a structure dedicated to a similar fight: AQUASSISTANCE.
    Founded thanks to the mobilization of Lyonnaise des Eaux (SUEZ Group) employees, AQUASSISTANCE is an international solidarity non-profit organization that works to improve access to water, sewerage and waste management for vulnerable populations.


    Find out more about it very soon!


    Operation “Water for All” 2019:
    Find the details of the project on our “Patronage” page

    By choosing our products, you are all actors in providing access to water for all!




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  • Water on hand



    Here is a beautiful report shared by our humanitarian partner, the NGO « Électriciens Sans Frontières ». Produced in Togo, one of the poorest countries in the world, this report shows how the use of flexible tanks can allow easy and quick access to drinking water in the most isolated regions.

    • Firstly, at one rural clinic, where a flexible tank – collecting rainwater and coupled with a purification system – enables health care teams to have access to drinking water, but also to preserve hygiene by washing their hands after each operation, injection or after a simple examination.
    • Then in a village, where our tank is connected to the pump of a borehole more than 1 km away. It stores and redistributes the water in several places in the village.
    • Another example, in a school: the installation of a cistern provides drinking water to teachers and children, who no longer need to go home to quench their thirst at lunchtime.

    Showers, taps, fountains … The water tanks also provide a temporary solution to the needs of the population when the boreholes no longer work. The women, who used to be responsible for fetching water miles away from their village, especially for preparing meals, are delighted:

    « Now we have more time. We can go to work in the fields and earn money, become more self-sufficient. We also have more time to take care of our children. »

    As our founder, what we want more than anything else in Labaronne-Citaf is a decade in which water is no longer a scarce commodity. Whether it can be transported, stored and distributed easily, where it is not, or no longer. In still many countries, the arrival of good quality water is a real revolution.
    We are therefore proud to see this wish come true a little more each day, proud to have manufactured, in our workshop and with our own hands, each of the tanks that are making a name for themselves here and elsewhere. We are also proud of our partners, who trust us and are committed every day, in the 4 corners of the world.


    Watch the video: https://riv.yt/2/tY-sK-uF5qQ

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  • Together Towards New Horizons


    Labaronne-Citaf: Best Wishes 2020


    • 1 (more) year of collaboration,
    • 52 weeks of enthusiasm,
    • 365 days of new ideas,
    • 8,760 hours of satisfaction,
    • 525,600 minutes of prosperity,
    • 31,536,000 seconds of happiness.

    Labaronne-Citaf would like to thank you for the confidence you have shown ius in 2019, and wishes you all the best for 2020.

    Always at your side to meet your challenges, we hope that your most ambitious projects will come true, and that this new year will be exceptional for you!

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  • Photo Contest : « And the winner is… »


    The Labaronne-Citaf team would like to thank the participants of the #CelebrateYourTank photo contest for their visuals and the associated testimonials.

    We can be delighted because a total of forty visuals have been published on the mini-site dedicated to the photo competition, and this has allowed us to travel to the four corners of France and the world!
    We had several favorites, beautiful images and many illustrations of our different applications.

    Now it is time for us to reveal to you the photos that caught your attention and got the maximum number of votes…


    citerne souple eau de pluie dans un jardin scolaire - PANAMA
    Rainwater flexible tank, in a school garden

    🥇 – «My tank is #beautiful» Category

    Daphne BOSQUEZ
    199 votes et 28 comments
    A big winner in each category, here is an image that perfectly illustrates the use of our products for sustainable development purposes. Collecting rainwater, this 25 m³ Labaronne-Citaf flexible tank was installed in the province of Chiriqui, Panama. It is used to water the vegetable garden of a school garden. Practical, economical and ecological!

    “It’s the happiness of more than 200 children in this small school in San Pablo Viejo.”



    Citerne souple eau potable camp de réfugiés - CONGO
    Drinking water tank, refugee camp

    🥈 – «My tank makes me #happy» Category

    Manu DEVOS
    123 votes et 25 comments
    Here is an installation of two Labaronne-Citaf flexible tanks in Congo. Participant Manu Devos explains how the contribution of these two 500 m³ water reserves has changed the lives of the 12,000 inhabitants of Cibombo:

    “Previously, the population collected water from a polluted river 7 km round trip. It was mainly the children who were forced to do this chore. Today, thanks to Labaronne-Citaf, they go to school!”



    Citerne souple eau potable - ESPAGNE
    Flexible water tank

    🥉 – «Catch my #tank» Category

    5 votes

    3rd place for this 50m³ water tank in Bakio, Spain.
    Mr. Patxi Perez Bermejo participated extensively throughout our contest by sending various photos of soft tanks and he was right to persevere!

    He thus finished on the last step of the podium.



    citernes souples d'eau lestant un écran de cinéma gonflable - FRANCE
    4 flexible tanks weighing an inflatable screen

    ❤️ – «Jury’s favorite» Category

    And this is our favorite!

    Labaronne-Citaf’s favourite photograph rewards Bernard SEYSSEL‘s visual.
    Entitled “Air and water”, this image illustrates two of the four Labaronne-Citaf flexible tanks, weighing a 12 x 8 m inflatable screen in Thorens-Glières (France), for an outdoor cinema screening.

    A very beautiful project, very original!




    Thank you again and congratulations to all the participants!

    To conclude this competition, we noticed that the published photos mainly concerned water storage solutions, in all its forms: sometimes vital, sometimes useful, sometimes preventive…
    With more than 60 years of existence, we are always proud to be able to provide an economical and efficient solution to your projects, from the simplest to the most ambitious.


    Aware that this natural resource is becoming scarcer due to climate change, Labaronne-Citaf
    is committed to Solidarités International in its fight for “water for all”.
    Discover the project on our “Patronage” page

    By choosing our products, you are all involved in providing access to water for all!



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  • 60 years old and a new face


    On July 17, 1958, André Labaronne created CITAF…

    Because we are not 60 years old every day*, we had to celebrate it properly.

    On Wednesday, our dear Labaronne blew her 60… + 1 candle, surrounded by its teams and closest partners. Why 60+1? Because we wanted to revive the history of this company and understand the journey of our founder. After several months of research, we found the first extract from the company’s register. We finally learned that on July 17, 19…. 58, André Labaronne created CITAF!

    Since its origin, our logo has never really evolved. And 61 years is a good age to rebuild your youth and set course for a new era of flexible storage! Is not a precursor who wants to!

    Labaronne-Citaf: animation of the new identity

    This is why, on the occasion of this 60+1 anniversary, Labaronne-Citaf unveils its new logo. Without drawing a line on the past, based on experience, this new identity brings together the ingredients that make up our DNA, while being firmly rooted in modernity! We would like to thank our long-standing partners, distributors and customers, without whom nothing would be possible today!

    Discover the animation video of his creation: http://bit.ly/2Y7GMyH


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