Volvic takes measures to protect the catchment area (the area where rainwater and snowmelt infiltrate) every day.
This is why the teams at Volvic work very closely with the various local operators involved (districts, voluntary organisation, and farmers, etc.), in order to protect the catchment area from which Volvic natural mineral water originates.
The Lambertèche is a stream that runs through the Volvic catchment area over a distance of 12 km; a striking feature of the stream is the fact that it completely infiltrates into the ground. It is particularly important to monitor the quality of the stream water, since it partly contributes to replenishing the water resources.
Taking measures in the area around the stream and in the infiltration area
CEPIV (Environmental Committee for the Protection of the Volvic Catchment Area) takes measures at two complementary levels in order to ensure the quality of the area around the stream and the area where it infiltrates into the ground.
The area surrounding the stream:The research commissioned by CEPIV showed substantial damage to the stream bed, to the quality of the water, and to the riparian woodland (the plant cover that grows on the banks of waterways or water bodies in the area that creates a border between the water and the land). This was due to trampling by cows that came to drink in the stream.
To limit the direct access to the waterway by cattle, 65 troughs, and fences have been installed by CEPIV since 2013, working together with the livestock breeders concerned.
At the same, time, CEPIV has planted trees on the banks and repaired the stream bed, in order to enable the flow and a high-quality aquatic ecosystem to be restored.
The infiltration area:The Lambertèche Stream, which is at the heart of the catchment area, also flows into infrastructure that was built by the local districts in the 1990s, in order to resolve recurring flooding issues. CEPIV completely redeveloped this infrastructure in 2011, in order to ensure its optimal operation.