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Before the Olympics, Paris Unveils a Huge Water Storage Basin to Clean Up the Seine River

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Officials from France have presented a massive water storage basin with the goal of revitalizing the Seine River. This basin will be crucial for the Olympic and Paralympic triathlons, as well as a venue for marathon swimming events during the Paris Games.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the minister of sports, praised Paris for its efforts to provide athletes with a clean environment, describing the Seine as a “exceptional setting” for international athletic competitions.

The need for action was highlighted by the setback from the previous year, when poor water quality forced the cancellation of swimming test events. Abundant rainfall flooded outdated pipes, releasing a hazardous mixture of rainwater and raw sewage into the Seine, endangering public health regulations.

In order to counter this, a massive reservoir has been dug up next to the Austerlitz train station in Paris. Its purpose is to catch excess rainfall and reduce the amount of sewage that is contaminated with bacteria that flows into the Seine.

With the capacity to contain 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of tainted water, the basin will now route this waste toward treatment, avoiding direct release into the river.

Marc Guillaume, the prefect of the Paris region, noted that surpassing water quality standards in advance of the Games was a major team accomplishment.

Before the Olympics, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised to personally jump into the Seine, maybe with President Emmanuel Macron in tow.The rapid return to normal water levels following a storm is made possible by this new infrastructure, which guarantees water retention even during extreme weather events.

at addition to previous measures like the opening of a water treatment facility at Champigny-sur-Marne, the basin’s inauguration represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to restore the Seine to its former splendor.

Strict daily water testing procedures will be in place during the Olympics, and activities may be postponed if quality requirements are not fulfilled.

Paris continues to be a leader in environmental care, with state and local governments funding cleanup efforts totaling 1.4 billion euros ($1.5 billion).

Mayor Hidalgo emphasized the Seine’s astounding biological comeback, noting that there are now 35 different species of fish in the river, as opposed to just three during the 1970s when pollution devastated its waterways.

In an effort to make the Seine more accessible to the general public, Paris authorities want to offer a number of swimming areas along the river next summer, inviting locals and tourists to enjoy the revitalized waters.

With over 200 athlete delegations parading through central Paris on over 80 boats during the grand opening ceremony of the Olympics, the River Seine is set to take center stage and represent the confluence of sport, culture, and environmental restoration.

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