LIFE’S DEMOSTRATIVE ACTION AT ABEGONDO DEMONSTRATES THAT THE AUTONOMOUS SOLUTIONS ARE A VIABLE WAY TO RURAL WATER FACILITIES

Agustín teaches the results of the European project to thirty Galician municipalities. A hundred representatives visited the new water facilities of A Malata (Vizoño) and Cullergondo’s wastewater treatetment plant (photo Juan Castro – CIAM Researcher)

Abegondo, May 5, 2017. The Council held a day of open doors to other Concellos and Galician administrations to show the result of the project Life Rural Supplies to improve the quality of the water through autonomous solutions. The proposal raised the interest of some thirty institutions.

Participants from nearby municipalities such as A Laracha, Carral, Oza-Cesutas, Paderne, Pontedeume or Sobrado, but also from distant points such as Petin, Limia Xinzo, Caldas de Reis, As Neves or A Rúa, among others. Representatives of Augas de Galicia and Consellería Sanidad were also displaced, from different territorial headquarters. Among them, several mayors, who decided to look first hand at the pilot systems tested in Abegondo.

The day had three points of visit. First, in the Beche reservoir, as an example of the use of surface water in centralized systems.

Then they moved to one of the main examples of the program: the new scheme of A Malata in Vizoño to serve 9 village and 50 households which previously lacked potable water.

And third, the day included a visit to the Cullergondo and Xuanzo sewage treatment plant, based on soft purification technologies to prevent the contamination of aquifers and rivers.

The mayor of Abegondo, José Antonio Santiso is convinced of the “possibility of replication” to help 600,000 Galician people who are supplied through autonomous solutions.

Best sanitary practices at wells (mock-up: Sondeosmar SL, picture: Juan Castro)

 

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