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Water quality

Water quality
Water is a precious resource that is used for many different things: mains water, waterways and industrial production to name a few. In the Brussels-Capital Region, the Société Bruxelloise de Gestion de l'Eau (SBGE) has been responsible for the public treatment of waste water since 2006.

Two inter-communal associations in the Brussels-Capital Region are involved in water management: VIVAQUA, which provides services throughout the whole water cycle, and HYDROBRU. For more information on water management (FR/NL) providers in the Brussels-Capital Region, see the Bruxelles Environnement website.

Drinking water

The mains water in Brussels is of a very high quality. It is very strictly controlled. Every day HYDROBRU provides water of impeccable quality to almost one million inhabitants of Brussels, as well as people working and visiting the Region.

Wastewater treatment plants

There are two wastewater treatment plants in the Brussels-Capital region – one in the north and one in the south.

The Bruxelles-Sud plant

The Bruxelles-Sud plant, which opened in 2000, is located on the boundary between Anderlecht and Forest. It treats around one third of all wastewater in Brussels (360,000 inhabitant equivalents).

The Bruxelles-Nord plant

Waste water from the Nord and Woluwe basins are treated at the Bruxelles-Nord plant, which has a larger capacity of 1,100,000 inhabitant equivalents.

Turning on your water meter:

HYDROBRU (formerly the IBDE) is responsible for water distribution in the 19 Brussels communes.
Boulevard de l'Impératrice 17-19, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 739 52 11 (24/24, 7/7)
Online: (FR/NL)

VIVAQUA is a drinking water provider at the inter-communal associations and the communes. It also runs the Bruxelles-Sud wastewater treatment plant.
Boulevard de l'Impératrice 17-19, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 518 81 11

In case of an emergency in the Brussels-Capital Region, Walloon Brabant or Flemish Brabant
Phone: +32 (0)2 739 52 11

Société Bruxelloise de Gestion de l'Eau (SBGE)
Boulevard de l'Impératrice 66, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 505 47 10
Email: (FR/NL)

Annual water consumption in the Brussels-Capital Region is around 60 million cubic metres.

Mains water must meet 55 different quality criteria. The World Health Organization (WHO) sets the basic standards. The European Union has introduced even stricter demands, which are in force in the three regions of Belgium. Water quality is constantly monitored. In the event of a problem the water companies will alarm users immediately.