1 chemin de l'eau vive
7503 Froyennes
+32 69/84.59.88
+32 69/84.59.88


Comines-Pureté wastewater treatment plant

Countries: Belgium, France
Border(s): France-Belgium,
Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis,
European programme(s):
Interreg IIIA - France-Wallonia-Flanders
- Spatial planning and development
- The environment, resources and waste
- Public Services

Lead partner: IPALLE (Syndicat intercommunal du Hainaut occidental belge)

This project deals with the development of a cross-border wastewater treatment plant known as "Comines-Pureté". Built by the Belgians in June 2000, this wastewater treatment plant is situated within French territory, close to Comines on the edge of the Lys area. The French have been the first to link up to the plant, although its operation is managed by an intercommunal syndicate (IPALLE), which specialises in collecting and treating waste and is based in the western part of the Belgian region of Hainault. Since Autumn 2002, the plant has been treating wastewater from the French sectors of Comines France and Wervicq and the Belgian sectors of Comines Belgique and Warneton. It can service an equivalent population of 40 000, spread in equal measure across both countries.


Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine (Lille Metropolis Urban Community)

Project goals

Development and operation of the water treatment plant

Target group(s)

40 000 inhabitants of the Comine area; Belgium: Comines - Waneton; France: Comines - Wervicq

Project activities

Recycling of the wastewater from the inhabitants of the area concerned