(Photo: from left to right, representatives from Fundacion Cartif, Instituto Pedro Nunes, CHD, Aguas de Galicia e Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia in the kick-off session)
The Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero (CHD), organism that belongs to the Ministry of agriculture, fishing, food and environment, has been the organizer of the Aquamundam’s kick-off session. This project aims at improving the water cycle management in small and medium-size cities from the cross-border region. The objective is to increase its sustainability through the pilots in Castile and Leon, Galicia region and the North Portugal region.
This session took place in the Hall of the acts of the Patio Herreriano Museum, Valladolid. The session was started by the president of CHD, Juan Ignacio Diego Ruiz, and has counted with the presence of the consortium representatives: Fundación Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia, entidad pública Aguas de Galicia, Fundación CARTIF, Comunidade Intermunicipal do Alto Minho, Instituto Pedro Nunes and Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero.
Funded by Europan funds in the amount of 1,3M€, the Aquamundam project’s main objective is the protection of the environment through the improvement of the water cycle management – supply, sanitation and treatment – which results in a more rational use of the water resources destined to human consumption in small and medium cities.
The project will develop instruments that: determine the current water cycle situation; perform diagnosis to evaluate its management; share information between the several agents dedicated to planning; and, allow to calculate both the water volume destined to human consumption and the efficiency of the network from which the public service is provided.
In Castile and Leon, the pilot will be implemented in Flores de Avila locality, in the area of La Moraña. This locality has around 300 inhabitants and, for five years now, it has a new sewage treatment station provided by CHD,that uses artificial humidity areas with an economic, sustainable and efficient system, able to create diverse environmental benefits.
The use of “green” infrastructures for the municipality’s residual waters treatment has been confirmed to be an effective choice for small populations, with low installation and maintenance costs. Once it creates a humidity system in its surroundings, where riparian vegetation grows and, in time, turns into a refuge of some fauna.
Aquamundam project is part of a Cross-border Cooperation Programme (POCTEP) between Portugal and Spain, it is a three-year project, will also study the best way to improve the water network and infrastructures, diminish the response time in case of incidents, reduce potential losses and apply technological tools in the systems’ management.
In his intervention, the president from CHD highlighted the institution’s commitment in the enhancement of the environment in river terms, “with restore actions that help the fish’s connectivity and the movement” and, through the use of technological tools in the water management, with means such as the remote sensing of irrigation or the Water’s Automated Information System.