The Costa Brava Girona Water Consortium, an organism dependent on the Dipuación de Girona that manages the supply and sanitation of upstream water in 47 coastal and pre-coastal municipalities, will offer free regenerated water to the consortium councils.
The measure that is applied after the entry into force of the exceptional drought phase that requires restricting the use and consumption of water in a large part of Catalonia.
With the prohibition of irrigation in green, public or private areas, and the limitation of watering trees and plants, the 47 consortium councils will be exempt from paying for the collection of reclaimed water in cisterns.
The measure, they explain, should make it possible to address the water deficit for those uses in which it is not necessary for the water to be drinkable, such as irrigation of parks and gardens, street cleaning, uses in public works, irrigation of regional equipment such as kennels or boat cleaning. That water is not suitable for swimming pools.
The regenerated water will be free for these municipalities, although they must pay the cost of the means used for its collection and those derived from the service, such as the rental and displacement of tanker trucks from the treatment plant to the municipality.
The Consorci d'Aigües is working with the town halls to find the most effective formula for carrying out the distribution.
The water reclamation process is an additional treatment that is applied to the purified water so that it can be used again. It requires physicochemical treatments in the disinfection process.
Of the 18 treatment plants of the Consortium, fourteen have water regeneration stations. They are those of Portbou, Colera, Llançà, Port de la Selva, Cadaqués, Roses, Empuriabrava, l'Escala, Torroella de Montgrí, Pals, Castell-Platja d'Aro, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Blanes.
Work is also currently underway to install a disinfection system at the Palamós treatment plant to facilitate the use of the municipalities that treat their water at this facility.