The sewer system

A network hidden under our feet is essential for our day to day life

Water, like oxygen, is one of the essential elements of life on our planet. The use of water by man includes the so-called integral water cycle, which consists in its capture, its drinking water distribution and then the collection and conduction of the water used and finally its purification before returning it to nature.

The sewer is the infrastructure that, in this integral cycle, has the function of collecting and conducting water, both domestic and industrial, from the point of collection of the urban centers to the purification facilities. In addition, in urban areas, the sewage system also has the function of collecting and draining the rainwater from the streets to the torrents and natural rivers.

How does the network work?

Pluvial collection can be in a network independent of that of residuals, and then we say that the sewer is separated network. Otherwise, we call it a unitary network.

The shape of the sewer networks is very similar to the vein frame of the human body, or to the roots of a tree: it begins with very small size ducts (between 20 and 30 cm in diameter) in the upper parts of urban centers and, as it joins with those of other streets and avenues, the dimensions of these conduits are becoming more and more important to become true underground torrents, and there could still be vehicles that could circulate.

“The technological evolution has facilitated the repairs of the network, causing that many times do not intercede in our day to day”

The management of the sewer includes several tasks, some really complicated but also exciting, such as the inspection with “all-terrain” robots that circulate and secure the interior of the ducts and galleries, in which, due to its small dimensions, it is not possible make a visual inspection by the technicians. Thus, these robots can check the status of the different points of the network: if the conduit is jammed, if it is broken, it has leaks …

The technological evolution of robots has also changed the way to repair and maintain the network. Because the sewage system often goes inside the roadway, the repair works significantly affect the movement of people and vehicles. Nowadays certain repairs can be made with these machines without having to excavate the streets. Robots can cut the roots of the trees that intercept the network and cause jams; They can also repair cracks or coat internally the conduits to waterproof them.

Hey! Watch out for the disposable wipes!

Disposable wipes have become a real plague for the sewage system, as its degradation is very slow and causes significant traffic jams.

So when you use it, think about throwing them away and not the drain of the sanitary. Your action will be beneficial for the operation of the sewer system.

Fredi Puig, technical director of Aigües de Manresa

The Museu de la Tècnica and the UBIC Manresa set up the “Aparadors de Museu” campaign

On the occasion of the Manresa Museum of Techniques’s temporary exhibition “From PTV to TDK.  How did we live in Manresa between the forties and the nineties?” The Manresa trade is adhered to to make its shops available through a new promotion, which we have called “Aparadors de Museu”, considering that from March 19 to 25 the Second edition of the Trade Week is held .

For more than two weeks, the 35 manresanes stores adhered to the campaign will redesign their windows to include a unique and original piece from the bottom of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa. The pieces have been chosen so that they stand out among the products that are normally exhibited.

An association with history

The association of plumber owners of the Potable Water of Manresa

The Associació de Propietaris Plomistes de les Aigües Potables de Manresa, is a non-profit association, which has its origins in the transformation of the management of the potable water supply service in the city of Manresa. Until 1981, it was managed under the municipal authorization scheme, through the Drinking Water Board of Manresa, and as of this year, and once the service has been municipalized, and created the municipal company Aigües de Manresa, SA, under regime direct management

This association is created with the aim of defending the rights and interests of the plumber’s owners within the municipal company, in accordance with the Law of Associations of 1964, and complementary provisions.

It should be noted that the municipal company was created with the contribution of the assets and liabilities of the Drinking Water Board, where plumber owners were the “heirs” of the initiators of the water supply to the city, and that , from 1861 they faced the first investments through the sale of pens titles *.

The constituent assembly took place on December 23, 1981 and the founding act, in which the statutes were approved, on October 8, 1982. The bylaws were registered in the register of associations of the Generalitat, dated February 3, 1983.

The founding commission was made up of the following: Ramon Busquet and Guixé, Francesc Domènec i Bartra, Maurici Espinal i Batlles, Jaume Masana and Naudi, Josep Sauret and Bosch i Maurici Serramalera i Pinós.

In addition to the aforementioned purpose, in the statutes of the association, the aims of: to take care of the correct issuance of titles to the plomist owners, from those issued by the old Water Board of Drinking Water; the preparation and maintenance of the registration of the plomist owners, in accordance with transfers and amortizations that occur; propose, for its appointment, a representative to the Water Board of Manresa; and, finally, the collaboration with this, in the solution of matters related to the potable water supply service, in general, in the city of Manresa.

At present, the association, 741 plomistes, that have a total of 1,032.5 water pens (2,065 titles of ½ pen), of which 155.75 correspond to supply by capacity, 489 applied to accountant and 387 , 75 unused.

This association, since its inception, has been holding a general assembly every year. It has a section on the Aigües de Manresa website that contains documentation that may present a general interest.

http://www.aiguesmanresa.cat/nivells/contido/titular/associacio-propietaris-plomistes

* A manresana pluma is equivalent to a discharge of 2,468 liters of water per day

Ricard Tomàs, Director of operations, attached to management of the company Aigües de Manresa

“La Caixa” Welfare Projects collaborates with the Foundation in the dissemination of science and technology among children

The entity supports the project to create a space for children in the Museum of Technology aimed at children in Infant Education and the family audience.

This collaboration is part of the actions of Obra Social that directly drives CaixaBank’s financial network in Central Catalonia to respond to the needs of its immediate environment.

The director of the Business Area of ​​CaixaBank in Manresa, Beatriu Dorado, and the vice president of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia, Josep Alabern, today announced the collaboration of the ‘La Caixa’ Welfare Projects for the creation of a children’s corner at the Manresa Museum of Technology.

The objective of this space, which will be called Technique 3_6, will be to bring the technique to the younger children by making it easier for them to have fun asking questions about how things work, reflect and solve challenges. Children, accompanied by an adult, will have access to different proposals with content of a technical and technological nature of free choice. The children’s corner will be devoted to the family audience during the weekend (children up to 6 years old accompanied by a relative) and children’s education students, during the week.

The collaboration of “la Caixa” Welfare Projects will allow starting with three activities: the experimental panels, the transmission of movement and the midpoint arch and the vault of cannon.

The objective of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia is that the new corner of the children of the Museum of Technology become a reference space not only in the city but also in Central Catalonia.

“La Caixa” Welfare Projects has allocated an aid of € 5.000 to this collaboration, which is part of the actions directly promoted by CaixaBank’s financial network in Manresa to respond to the needs of its surroundings more immediate

Through these initiatives, and thanks to the confidence deposited by CaixaBank’s customers in the entity, the Welfare Project makes clear its commitment to Central Catalonia.

Welfare Projects: 510 million budget

The commitment of “la Caixa” Welfare Projects with the needs of the company in which it carries out its financial activity and with the welfare of people, one of its most defining features since its birth in 1904, continues to be More effective than ever. The entity works with an unavoidable goal: to contribute to the construction of a better and fairer society, giving opportunities to people who need it most.

In accordance with these principles and objectives, the entity maintains in 2018 the same desire to consolidate and intensify the work of the Welfare Project. This translates into an increase in its budget to reach 520 million euros, compared to 510 the previous year. The investment focuses primarily on the development of social programs with a transformative vocation. The fight against child poverty, the promotion of employment among vulnerable groups, the active and healthy aging of the elderly and the care of people with advanced diseases continue to be the priority lines of work. The commitment to research and knowledge, as well as support for culture, are also signs of identity of the institution.

The Museum of the Technique of Manresa achieves the “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”

With the aim of creating a sign of commitment for tourism sustainability based on the “Biosphere Certification” and promoting good practices in the sustainable management of tourism companies and services, its recognition through the distinctive, the Diputació de Barcelona and the Chamber of Commerce have promoted the sign of “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”. A recognition, which this morning, has collected 245 companies and services in the demarcation. Among them is the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.

The “Commitment to Sustainability Biosphere” wants to extend the culture of tourism sustainability to companies and tourist services in the Barcelona counties. This is a program developed by the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​with the support of the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR), whose main purpose is to implement more sustainable management in all agents of a tourist destination. The deployment and territorial implementation of the program is articulated with the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, ​​as a representative entity of the business sector of the regions of Barcelona and with a great territorial implantation, and the 11 regional tourism management entities in agreement with the Diputació of Barcelona.

In this way, the Diputació de Barcelona has promoted, along with the Institute of Responsible Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, ​​a methodology to guarantee the quality and sustainability of tourist services of a destination, public and private. A methodology that allows to acquire sufficient abilities for the sustainable management of these tourist services, in close relation with the different tourist services of the Destination. As a result of this voluntary implementation, the participating tourist services obtain the sign of “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”, annually renewable.

With this methodology, the Diputació de Barcelona has “Biosphere Certification” through its tourism brands and, from now on, tourism services and companies can be involved with their sustainability through the “Biosphere Commitment” .

In 2017, the Institute of Responsible Tourism, a body linked to UNESCO and partner of the World Tourism Organization and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, granted the Diputació de Barcelona and the three tourism brands of the demarcation – “Costa Barcelona”, “Paisatges Barcelona” and “Pirineus Barcelona”, the Biosphere certification as a sustainable tourist destination, a pioneering certification, based on the 17 Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations included in Agenda 2030.

From PTV to TDK

An exhibition that revives the history of Manresa between the 40s and 90s

The Manresa Museum of Technology hosts, from February 17 to May 20, an exhibition with elements and
historic and identifying furniture in Manresa, which will take us to travel in time and remember and recover an already past era.

The exhibition entitled “From PTV to TDK. How did we live in Manresa between the forties and the nineties? “, Has been curated by the historian Francesc Comas and journalist Anna Vilajosana. The exhibition is structured in five areas of everyday life and teaches us, from the bottom of pieces stored in the Manresa Technical Museum and other collections, a large variety of objects and situations that are part of the ” collective imagination of Manresa’s citizenship such as the legendary PTV, the chairs of La Rosita, the BECMAN siphon or the Caixa Manresa Guardiola notebook among others.

From the analysis of free time, teaching, work, power and the evolution of the city, it is intended that
People remember with the help of objects and environment of all kinds images, facts, situations, experiences, feelings, etc. Manresa in black and white in the 40’s in Manresa in the color of the nineties.

The exhibition is presented as a game, a journey through time for sixty years of the history of Manresa. A game where the only thing to do is to walk around the room, listen, watch and read the texts. Everything that you will find is part of our everyday life and they talk about us, how we were, how we lived, how we were having fun, how we worked, how we learned, etc.

As a preliminary and preparatory work on the exhibition, some historical memory workshops were held. Specifically, three, which revolved around different moments and important areas of the city: education, health, political changes, urban planning, etc. Several people, chosen for their representativeness and direct link with some of these changes, could say theirs, and show us a rich Manresa in nuances and with a story that we can hardly cover in this exhibition. From this previous work, the exhibition will show a little tasting, in the memory space.

Because the exhibition is closely linked to our memories, and surely your visit will make us come a lot to our minds has created a small space where you can leave these memories, these experiences that have generated the objects, the photographs, the sounds, the texts. There is a small space to receive these memories through writings, or if you prefer, of photographs and images that you can send us to the Museum of Technology and we will gladly reproduce.

“We want it to be an exhibition that generates memories and that allows us to continue collecting experiences and experiences of this time”

The exhibition will be open until May 20 from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the first repository of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.

Alba Subirana, director of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa

We put our hearth in the Transèquia

This year, as a novelty, and to make Transèquia more supportive, we collaborate with the project set up by the Althaia Foundation with the intention of creating a new Oncology Day Hospital. The project aims to refer to the day hospital with the highest technological level while at the same time humanizing the spaces so that patients can cope with the treatment of this disease in a comfortable and warm environment. For this reason all the inscriptions include € 1 supportive that will go completely to the project. In order to give visibility to this contribution, participants will receive an exclusive wristband from the “Put your heart” project.

In this link http://www.althaia.cat/althaia/ca/col-labora you will find more information about the project.

Works on the new deposits

During this past 2017, two works have been carried out within the New Deposit areas that have had an impact
in the area and which are the prelude to the renovation of the drinking water facilities planned for the next years.

The actions consisted in improving access to the park of Can Font and the “tower of Vinyes”, from Concordia Street, and the construction of an industrial building for the location of the additives used in the processes of
Water purification in the New Deposits plant.

The adaptation of the road to Can Font annexed to the facilities of Aigües de Manresa, provided the displacement to the farm limit of the installations of the water purification station, and the leveling and paving of the land to be integrated -to the activity of the company, which allows that it is currently used as a parking lot, but foreseeing the future displacement of the store up to this new location, when the opening of the future Concord Street requires it.

At the same time, it has allowed to integrate the route on the way to the Parc de Can Font from Concordia street around the park, which will improve accessibility conditions.

“The project will allow to improve many of the current processes and improve the quality of the water”

On the other hand, the project, and later work, of the reagent storage building, has been obeyed at the will of
To respond to two basic requirements for our plant: the first was to adapt the volume of the reagents to
future flow of the plant (of the 24,000 m3 / day of flow currently treated at 36,000 m3 / day design flow) and the
Second, it was to automate reagent dosing processes to obtain a larger amount of data than they allow to detect, analyze and correct the process in case of need with more speed and security and locate in one and nly one point storage tanks, a body that encourages exploitation tasks, and releasing space that will become necessary for future works of expansion.

In the building, reagent deposits have been installed to water purification, as well as complementary dosing elements (analyzers, dosing pumps, transfer pumps …). The availability of a zone for the preparation and dosing of reagents is added, which, in the future, water purification requires.

The actions that will follow, will consist in the almost complete renovation of the treatment plant, in order to update it, both in terms of the treatment capacity that is expected to be necessary for the future and to take advantage of the current state of the technologies, increase and improve the quality of the treated water, as regards to the organoleptic aspects. It is expected that they will be executed in three phases, due to the complexity involved in the compatibility of the execution of the works with the operation of the installations.

Mireia Félix, head of projects and works, and Ricard Tomàs, director of operations attached to management of Aigües de Manresa

Works on the new deposits

During this past 2017, two works have been carried out within the New Deposit areas that have had an impact
in the area and which are the prelude to the renovation of the drinking water facilities planned for the next years.

The actions consisted in improving access to the park of Can Font and the “tower of Vinyes”, from Concordia Street, and the construction of an industrial building for the location of the additives used in the processes of
Water purification in the New Deposits plant.

The adaptation of the road to Can Font annexed to the facilities of Aigües de Manresa, provided the displacement to the farm limit of the installations of the water purification station, and the leveling and paving of the land to be integrated -to the activity of the company, which allows that it is currently used as a parking lot, but foreseeing the future displacement of the store up to this new location, when the opening of the future Concordia Street requires it.

At the same time, it has allowed to integrate the route on the way to the Parc de Can Font from Concordia street around the park, which will improve accessibility conditions.

“The project will allow to improve many of the current processes and improve the quality of the water”

On the other hand, the project, and later work, of the reagent storage building, has been obeyed at the will of
To respond to two basic requirements for our plant: the first was to adapt the volume of the reagents to
future flow of the plant (of the 24,000 m3 / day of flow currently treated at 36,000 m3 / day design flow) and the
Second, it was to automate reagent dosing processes to obtain a larger amount of data than allow to detect, analyze and correct the process in case of need with more speed and security and locate in one and only one point storage tanks, a body that encourages exploitation tasks, and releasing space that will become necessary for future works of expansion.

In the building, reagent deposits have been installed to water purification, as well as complementary dosing elements (analyzers, dosing pumps, transfer pumps …). The availability of a zone for the preparation and dosing of reagents is added, which, in the future, water purification requires.

The actions that will follow, will consist in the almost complete renovation of the treatment plant, in order to update it, both in terms of the treatment capacity that is expected to be necessary for the future and for
Take advantage of the current state of the technologies, increase and improve the quality of the treated water, as regards to the organoleptic aspects. It is expected that they will be executed in three phases, due to the complexity involved in the compatibility of the execution of the works with the operation of the installations.

Mireia Félix, head of projects and works, and Ricard Tomàs, director of operations attached to management of Aigües de Manresa

Christmas in Parc de la Sèquia

As it has already happened in the last editions, the Parc de la Sèquia has prepared a series of activities in the Christmas environment, aimed at different audiences.

On Saturday, December 23rd, at 6.30 pm, the traditional Christmas Solidarity Concert will take place at the Technical Museum of Manresa (Santpedor Road, 55) with the choirs Font del Fil, La Formiga de Castellbell and El Vilar, and a group from the Music School of Navàs. In this edition, despite the support of the parish of La Mercè, funds will be collected for the renovation project of the Althaia Foundation oncology day hospital. The concert will work through reverse box office.

And on December 27, 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Technical Museum, if they celebrate the traditional Christmas workshops. These workshops revolve around Christmas and sustainability, taking advantage of materials that we can find at home to make another use. The workshops are designed for children from 3 to 12 years old, must be accompanied by an adult and cost € 1.5 per child.

  • December 27th: A MAGIC TREE. We will set up a small tree that will fill our home with magic.
  • December 28th: CHRISTMAS PUZZLE. We will make a well-decorated and very appropriate puzzle for these dates
  • December 29th: A VERY SPECIAL MEMOIR. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we will make a frame, which will make these details more special.

Adopt the Sèquia

The Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia, specifically its Center for Documentation and Historical Archive and the Educational Service, together with the Pedagogical Resources Center of the Bages, are promoting the project “Apadrinem La Sèquia”, framed in the Department’s program of Education: We support our heritage. This program aims to promote the knowledge of the heritage elements of the environment with a participatory attitude of the educational community.

The project “Apadrinem La Sèquia” is based on the idea of ​​the sponsorship or adoption of a heritage element of the Sèquia by the educational centers, which entails giving it value and deepening its knowledge from the point of historical, cultural, artistic or natural sight. At the same time, this knowledge is intended to be socially relevant, that is, to reach the community and the school environment. The educational purpose of the Apadrinem La Sèquia is to promote the motivation of students, as the protagonist of their own learning process, based on an element well known as the Canal de la Sèquia.

The project allows interdisciplinary work from different curricular areas and the use of different methodologies. This course, from 17 to 18, has been aimed at the project six educational centers of the Bages, specifically the Guillem de Balsareny school; the school La Serreta and the institute of Auro de Santpedor; and St. Ignasi, the Puigberenguer school and the FEDAC in Manresa. To work together, the teachers of the educational and technical centers of the CRP del Bages and the Parc de la Sèquia participate in a coordination seminar. The aim of the seminar is to be a meeting place for the different educational centers that intervene in the project with the aim of sharing proposals for activities, facilitating resources, exchanging experiences and coordinating actions.

 

Working with water

The accreditation of professional competencies in the water sector

In the water sector, it is difficult for us to find qualified personnel to fill vacancies in the productive field, since until recently there was no type of vocational training or specific training cycles for this sector. That is why many of the professionals that nowadays belong to our organizations have achieved their qualification over the years, in the same place of work, but in the majority of the cases without having a suitable degree.

In relation to this lack, different productive sectors have started processes of accreditation of professional competencies. In the case of the water sector, the ASAC (group of water services in Catalonia) has been the promoter, initiating a process that will allow employees of the integral water cycle to prove a situation regulating the skills acquired in their jobs. This procedure for the assessment and accreditation of professional competences acquired through work experience or non-formal training courses allows the people involved to obtain a certification that can be used to obtain a certificate of professionalism, a degree of vocational training or both.

The specialties in this area will be: mounting and maintenance of water networks; operation of water treatment and / or organization stations and control of the assembly and maintenance of networks and facilities of water and sanitation The procedure as such has three phases, the advisory, where the applicant is advised to have more possibilities to pass the evaluation phase; the one of evaluation where the applicant can demonstrate the professional competences for which he requests the accreditation, be it with documentation, attendance to courses, in written or practical form; and the certification where people who pass the assessment stage receive an official certification for each of the units in which they have demonstrated their professional competence. This procedure allows to show that the person qualified to develop a professional activity, in which he already has experience, can obtain an official accreditation.

This procedure for the assessment and accreditation of professional competences acquired through work experience or non-formal training courses allows the people involved to obtain a certification that can be used to obtain a certificate of professionalism, a degree of vocational training or both. The specialties in this area will be: mounting and maintenance of water networks; operation of water treatment and / or organization stations and control of the assembly and maintenance of networks and facilities of water and sanitation. 

The procedure as such has three phases, the advisory, where the applicant is advised to have more possibilities to pass the evaluation phase; the one of evaluation where the applicant can demonstrate the professional competences for which he requests the accreditation, be it with documentation, attendance to courses, in written or practical form; and the certification where people who pass the assessment stage receive an official certification for each of the units in which they have demonstrated their professional competence. This procedure allows to show that the person qualified to develop a professional activity, in which he already has experience, can obtain an official accreditation. Aigües de Manresa participates in this call for a double match, on the one hand with participants in the call to prove their professional skills acquired during many years of work in the company, and on the other with two technicians that will be integrated in the advisory, evaluation and certification commissions.

Sergi Grau, study and technical support and Montse Pujol, head of human resources process in Aigües de Manresa