Sewage networks in Flanders, Belgium


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The division of powers with regard to the development of sewage systems in Flanders is complex and spread across different administrative levels.
In order to ensure that efforts are optimally harmonised, it is very important that policy information regarding the expansion of sewage systems is available to all actors on all levels.

The VMM is responsible for the policy regarding the development of sewage systems and is the administrator of the mid-scale Flemish sewage database.

This database contains all information on sewer networks and wastewater treatment infrastructure in Flanders, which is part of the INSPIRE Annex III theme “Utility and governmental services”.

The VMM played a crucial role in the thematic workgroup that discussed the specifications of the theme “Utility and governmental services” (INSPIRE Annex III theme). The next step now is to make the sewage database INSPIRE-compliant. This means that VMM wants to unlock the information in the database to all stakeholders concerned (on a local, regional, national and European level). This “unlocking” will be put into practice by means of INSPIRE compliant OGC web services (WMS & WFS) for all existing information layers.

This use case show flanders sewage database in an INSPIRE compliant format. This has been done by harmonizing and validating processes. WMS- and/or WFS services, implemented in a geoportal, give the possibility to access these data to all stakeholders concerned (on a local, regional, national and European level). This “unlocking” will be put into practice by means of INSPIRE compliant OGC web services (WMS & WFS) for all existing information layers.



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