Cadiz and La Isla “reactivate after years of standstill” the public company in charge of the joint WWTP; they are pursuing regenerated water for irrigation and cleaning

Cadiz and La Isla “reactivate after years of standstill” the public company in charge of the joint WWTP; they are pursuing regenerated water for irrigation and cleaning
Cadiz and La Isla “reactivate after years of standstill” the public company in charge of the joint WWTP; they are pursuing regenerated water for irrigation and cleaning

The neighbouring municipalities of Cádiz and San Fernando have proceeded to establish the board of directors of Edacafesa, the public company that operates the shared Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) (60% owned by Cádiz and 40% by San Fernando), which has been the definitive step to unblock the administrative situation of this supra-municipal company; from now on, both parties hope to begin developing the “projects of strategic importance” in relation to the efficient management of water that they have been announcing for months.

The presidency of the entity, which will rotate, has been entrusted to the councillor for Sustainable Urban Development of the capital, José Manuel Cossi, while the vice-presidency falls to the councillor for Economic Development in the island council, Conrado Rodríguez.

Before the board meeting, the General Meeting of Edacafesa was held, in which the different municipal groups of both town councils were represented. After being informed of the work carried out in recent months to allow the administrative and accounting regularisation of the company, the appointment of the new directors was approved: José Carlos Teruel, Óscar Torres and María Jesús Firmat, on behalf of Cádiz and José Luis Blanco and Antonio Carrasco on behalf of San Fernando.

In a note sent to DIARIO Bahía de Cádiz, the mayor of Cádiz, Bruno García (PP), has highlighted “the union of both cities for the reactivation of Edacafesa after years of administrative standstill; we are already working both to be able to use the tertiary system provisionally and to offer a definitive solution that guarantees us the cleaning and irrigation with reclaimed water.”

Likewise, the Mayor of San Fernando, Patricia Cavada (PSOE), has highlighted that this is “a transcendental step for the future of water policies in the Bay and for moving forward with the important projects we have been working on”, signifying the commitment and understanding between two municipalities with governments of different political persuasions to establish a joint plan that “will allow us to improve the supply and environmental commitment to the reuse of water”.

LET’S GO FOR THE SOLUTION TO USE REUSED WATER

The first step that Edacafesa will take after forming its new board of directors is to begin the process for the acquisition of a modular plant that, in the current context of drought, will allow the treatment of purified water for use in watering green areas and cleaning streets, with a capacity of about 300 cubic meters per day.

This is a temporary, short-term solution while work continues in parallel on the definitive solution, which consists of building the tertiary treatment of the WWTP and which will allow the reuse of dirty water from both cities for irrigation and cleaning.

The project, which has already been drawn up, amounts to 2.7 million euros. Both municipalities have requested the investment from the Junta de Andalucía within the framework of the regional aid linked to infrastructure and hydraulic facilities to be undertaken immediately in the areas of the autonomous community where the lack of water is extreme and whose execution period is established as short. For the moment, Moreno Bonilla’s Executive has not responded.

The supra-municipal company that manages the wastewater treatment plant shared by Cádiz and La Isla also has other projects in place that are “essential from an environmental point of view” linked to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. On the one hand, a photovoltaic installation is planned to produce more than 1.2 million kWh/year and, on the other, a cogeneration system with biogas from the sludge from the WWTP that would generate more than 3.6 million kWh/year. Both actions (for the moment, mere projects) would cover 80% of the current energy consumption of the installation itself.

 
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