Guided visits to the water treatment plant

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NEXT Wednesday, March 22nd, is World Water Day. To mark the occasion, the Town Council of Torrevieja and water company Agamed have organized an open day to the water treatment plant of the town, which is located beside the main cemetery, off the N332.

The objective of this initiative is to raise awareness of the purification processes that water passing through our household systems or drainage systems is subjected to, in order that it can later be reused for other uses other than human consumption , such as irrigation of green areas, agriculture or street washing; Taking as an example, the work carried out in Torrevieja, be it street cleaning or irrigation, etc, is one of the best examples in the entire country, as 100% of the water that is purified through this system is reused.

The visit to the Water Treatment Plant is free and falls within the slogan that the UN has marked to commemorate this day in 2017: Wastewater and the open-door campaign launched by the Spanish Association of Water and Sanitation. Tours are available from 9.30am until 2.00pm Anyone interested in knowing more should make their way directly to the Plant where videos on the management that Agamed uses will be shown, before the guided tour by Technical personnel of the management company of the integral water cycle. Before you ask, it was not noted if any presentations would be given in English, although many of the staff are bilingual.

During this visit you will discover how the water cycle works in Torrevieja: three phases to which the water is subjected to once it reaches these facilities, starting with the pre-treatment phase where the larger particles are removed. Next, water is moved to circular tanks that allow the sedimentation of organic matter. Subsequently, in order to eliminate the organic residues, a second purification phase, in this case biological, is carried out, which allows the elimination of the contaminants that have been dissolved. So that the water can be reused, it goes through a third phase known as tertiary treatment, where it returns to totally transparent state, producing water free of micro-organisms.

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