Presentation of the images of the Festa de la Llum, the Fira de l’Aixada and the Transèquia

Anna Villegas (Festa de la Llum), Anna Martí and Jordi Preñanosa (Fira de l’Aixada) and Berni Puig and Anna Benet (Transèquia), are the authors of the graphic design of the various events linked to the Light of Manresa. The presentation of the image is the starting point for preparatory acts for the activities of the manresa festival, recognized as the Festive Heritage of Catalonia, and which will be held in Manresa from February 15 to March 10.

The poster of the Transèquia is the work of Berni Puig and Anna Benet. Laia Muns, director of the Aigües de Manresa- Junta de la Sèquia Foundation, explained that, as every year, a young creator from the region has been asked to make a proposal after receiving some information. It is the first time that Puig uses his wooden sculptures to make a poster, that’s why he needed the eye of the photographer Anna Benet, to translate the sculpture in volume to the printed format. The image shows the wooden sculpture, which reproduces icons of a childlike nature and in the photograph a hand appears, a “universal” element that makes the way to walk with two fingers.

Berni Puig is a workshop artist who experiences in the world of graphic arts and the book. Illustrator and engraver of business, he embarked on the path to found a new publishing project, Santa Wòstia, a platform for wanting to publish books of artists of the inner Catalonia. On the other hand, he transfers his works outside the workshop, in large format murals, in remote and abandoned places in the interior Catalonia.

This young Manresa creator has superior studies of Industrial Design, higher studies of Enlightenment, and master’s degree in Contemporary Graphic Work. Last year he received the Region Trends 7 Award and has been a finalist in several contests. In addition, since 2015 he has participated in collective exhibitions such as “emergentes.0, Konvent” (Olvan), “Encuentro Alfara” (Salamanca), “Biblos” (Betanzos), “October Press” ( Alicante) and “Exit, Konvent” (Olvan).

The water we drink

Who and how is it guaranteed that the water that reaches the taps is suitable for consumption?

Who can guarantee that the water that comes out of my tap does not put my health at risk?
The water that reaches us home, there is a whole series of very strict controls to ensure its salubriousness. The authority of sanitation of the territory is the one that monitors the quality criteria of the water of human consumption.

What responsibilities does the water manager have?
Within the framework of the norm: the current entity, the water management entity of a municipality, in this case Aigües de Manresa, is responsible for the fact that it reaches the homes of the users, with all the guarantee and the best possible quality to be considered water suitable for consumption, and, if not, the population must be aware of it.

Who wonders why they are carried out in the best way?
To carry out this task, Aigües de Manresa, must fulfil a whole range of requirements aimed at obtaining, evaluating, maintaining, improving and re-evaluating all stages, from the capture of water to the entrance in buildings

With the help of a Protocol for Self-Control and Management and a Water Health Plan, among others, and, of course, of qualified personnel to be able to execute it, Aigües de Manresa maintains an exhaustive control over all the way through the water. Nowadays there is a wide variety of meters in continuous of different parameters, and in different critical points of control, that allow to make a preventive management of the quality of the water and anticipate to any incidence. The laboratory, and subjected to different accreditations and validations, also plays an important role in the health control, since it can quickly determine any data that is needed in a good level of quality and certainty, both at the analysis level, and of the service provided.

This, among others, also carries out a series of water control analyses according to a sampling plan established by Aigües de Manresa, and in total agreement with the provisions of the current health regulations.

How do you act against any incident?
The health inspector is a person in the facilities and inspects the sanitary conditions of these. Does review of
Auto control and Management Protocol and the monitoring of any incident, if any, until resolved.
Within the health control analyses carried out, in the case of any parameter outside the established value by normative, that creates a breach or anomaly, the health authority must be notified.

The manifestation of a breach or anomaly accelerates corrective measures that are applied quickly, and later preventive measures so that it does not happen again. The health authority monitors the incidence, always, until its resolution.

In the case of parameters levels that pose a health risk, the health authority declares a warning situation and the
manager must inform the population.

Where can I find information about the characteristics of the water in my municipality?

The regulations also require participation in a National Consumer Information System (SINAC). The Ministry of Health and Consumption provides the application of this SINAC computer system, where all the information in all the supply areas and the control of the quality of the water of human consumption are found. This application is available to the citizen where you can check all the updated information regarding your area of ​​supply, as well as the sanitary quality of your municipality or others that may be of interest to you. The address to consult the information is the following: hep: //

Elisabet Berch, supervisor analyst at the Laboratori d’Aigües de Manresa


The Experimentation Fair for children from 0 to 6 years old is back in the Technical Museum

The Experimentation Fair for Children from 0 to 6 years returns with new proposals for our small scientists!

Once again, the UManresa Child Education studies are organizing an experimentation fair with proposals for the scientific education of children from 0 to 6 years old, who this year reaches the 8th edition. The experimentation fair has the collaboration of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia.

This initiative has as objectives to offer a childish activity to the citizens, to contribute to the dynamization of the educational world of the territory and that the students of Infant Education put to the test the proposals that elaborate in the Didactics of Knowledge of the Environment.

Date: December 15th
Place: Technical Museum of Manresa
Schedule: from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More information and inscriptions

The new classroom of the CFGM is inaugurated at the Museum of Technology

From this academic year, the Middle Degree Training Course for the Manufacture and Ennoblement of Textile Products, has a workshop in the Technical Museum, as a result of the collaboration between the City Council of Manresa, the Department of Education and the Fundation Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia.

Companies from the Bages region, but also from other places in Catalonia, have worked disinterestedly in the start-up of the workshop, providing machinery, threads, flakes, fabrics, chemicals, etc., which shows the great involvement of companies to support the cycle.

The facilities of the workshop that is inaugurated today are complemented by the stamping, finishing and finishing laboratories that are located at the Institut Guillem Catà. All in order to enable the content of the training cycle to be taught in a more practical way.

After 26 years without textile studies in the city, the training cycle began in the 2017-18 academic year, programmed by the Department of Education, as a result of the demand of entrepreneurs in the sector, due to the need to have qualified staff, and the impetus of the association of senior professionals Gest !. Regarding the workshop, the City Council made a search for spaces, and finally it was decided on  the Museum of Technology, in the sector where there is also the Ribbon Museum.

The director of Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia, Laia Muns, recalled that “from the Museum we have worked hard to leave the facilities ready and adapt the restoration workshop to host the workshop for the students of the cycle formative. We believe the effort has been worthwhile. ”

This course will be the first promotion of students of the Training Cycle. At the moment 7 students make first course, and 7 more do second.

We participated in the National Congress of Environmental Education

Last Friday, November 16th, the Parc de la Sèquia, together with the Consorci del Bages for waste management, and the Bages Learning Camp, presented, within the framework of the National Congress of Environmental Education, a joint educational experience.

The educational experiences of the National Congress of Environmental Education, are actions of environmental education that have been carried out from the alliance between entities. In this case, the good joint work of these three entities was a decisive point to be chosen, among the 85 candidatures, to be presented at the Congress. The experience that was presented was entitled “We make the Bages network for environmental education”.

The National Congress of Environmental Education wants to be a space for reflection, discussion and the construction of knowledge of and the professionals of the environmental education of Catalonia that allows us to assume our challenges in the formation of the citizenship and to advance together towards a more sustainable future.

The biological management of a singular water reservoir

Everyone who has walked calmly at the Agulla’s Park will realize that there is a huge artificial lake. The Agulla’s Lake occupies 6 hectares and allows to store about 200,000 cubic meters of water that is used for human consumption. The lake receives the water from the Sèquia and was conceived as a large reservoir to guarantee the supply to the population when the water flow to the Sèquia is interrupted temporarily for maintenance work. The lake is connected to the Potable Water Treatment Station of Manresa, responsible for purifying the water and providing it with all technical and healthcare guarantees to the population.

But Agulla’s Lake is much more than a reservoir of water! More than a decade ago, it has ceased to be a passive accumulation of water and is actively managed as a phase of pretreatment of water before being purified.

The biological management of the lake means control and interaction in different natural processes, but also detect, anticipate and anticipate new challenges. In the lake, it is striking, that there are aquatic plants in a floating bed. Its function is to capture and retain nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) of water. Aquatic plants compete with microscopic algae for nutrients, resulting in a reduction in the organic matter of water that reaches the water purification plant. This fact, together with the addition of permanganate to the water in the traffic towards the water purifier, contributes to improve the taste and the smell of the water and reduces the formation of trihalomethane compounds.

The aquatic plants are given periodically to extract from the lake the plant biomass that contains the nutrients and the trapped organic matter. With this same goal we can collect floating filamentous algae. The diversity of plants is high, it exceeds 25 species, and the dam can be selective. Aquatic plants provide biodiversity in space and allow, for example, the presence of an important population of dragonflies and birds.

Underwater control of the lake is carried out using an echo sounder that records images of the bottom for the control of sediments and the counting of fish. Control of fishing activities and the evolution of the fish population allow foreseeable mortality episodes related to an unsustainable population increase. The lake sediment tank stays stabilized by means of a mobile suction system that avoids excessive accumulation. In the sediments of the lake there is an important population of anodontic naias, an autochthonous freshwater mollusc, filtering, measuring up to 20 cm, which was detected in 2011 and is a good indicator of the quality of the water.

Bird populations that are especially sensitive to avian influenza are also monitored. The large flock of silver-plated gulls, long before frequented by the lake, are wound up with an acoustic system. In short, multiple biological actions aimed at improving the quality of water and the sustainable management of the resource.

Josep Illa, technical director of Phragmites SL

More than 400 people have approached this weekend at the Museum to play Kapla

On November 10 and 11, the Manresa Technical Museum hosted two Kapla game days. There were 8 zones and spaces of play, all of them with the pieces of Kapla as protagonists: a space of free play -which can create their own constructions-; a collaborative construction -simulating the construction of the Sèquia-; a domino space-where a piece makes the next fall and so on; the construction of an ideal city; the elaboration of a mandala; a play space for the little ones; a zone of challenges and a space of projections of constructions and destructions.

The CAE makes a very positive first evaluation of this activity, waiting for the next days to be able to carry out a more exhaustive evaluation with all the people involved – the organizing team, monitors and monitors, collaborating entities, etc…

This was the first time that the CAE organized an activity exclusively with Kapla and, also, one of the first to be done in Catalonia.

The Kapla is a construction game created by Tom van der Bruggen from rectangular wooden pieces. The pieces maintain a ratio between their sides of 1: 3: 5 and this allows for quite sophisticated constructions. Kapla is an apt and interesting game for both grown and young. Beyond being an entertaining and exciting game, it is being used in many schools for educational purposes because it allows working on the geometry of space, the coordination of movements or collaborative work, among other skills.

The event was organized by the CAE with the Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia and with the collaboration of the La Xarranca Foundation and the Ludambule Ludoville, from France.

The Technical Museum of Manresa renew the environmental quality guarantee emblem

The Technical Museum of Manresa has renewed the Environmental Quality Guarantee emblem from the Department of Territory and Sustainability of Generalitat de Catalunya, for the category of cultural facilities: Libraries, Museums and Collections.

The Technical Museum obtained this certificate in 2015, being the first Bages museum to obtain it for its category. The current renovation is valid for three years, until 2021.

The Environmental Quality Guarantee emblem is the Catalan organic labeling system that recognizes products and services that meet certain requirements of environmental quality, above what is established in current regulations. In this case, the criteria of efficiency and energy saving, water saving, waste management, noise and vibration and general management, among others, are taken into account.

The Kapla game will occupy the Museum of Technology

The CAE and the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia have organized a recreational activity at the Museum of Technology from the construction of the Kapla building on the weekend of 10 and 11, with 8 play areas and 20,000 pieces for playing.

The CAE and the Fundación Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia will bring more than 20,000 pieces of the Kapla game to the Technical Museum so that Kapla participants in the Museum can play, build, experiment … as of This game of construction. There will be 8 zones and spaces of play, all of them with Kapla’s pieces as protagonists: a free play space -which can create their own constructions-; a collaborative construction -simulating the construction of the Sèquia-; A domino space – where a piece is making the following fall: the construction of an ideal city; the elaboration of a mandala; a play space for the little ones; a zone of challenges and a space of projections of constructions and destructions.

The activity will be held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November at the Museum of Technology, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The participation is free and does not require any previous inscription.

Kapla at the Museum will also have a formative evening, with the programming of the Games workshop in the classroom: the kapla and its educational possibilities that will also be held at the Museum of Technology, on Tuesday, November 13, from 6 to 8 of the late This workshop is aimed at teachers, teachers and educators and will be taught by Toni Viader. In this case, it is necessary to register in advance. The cost of registration is € 10.00 which entitles you to participate in the workshop and have Kapla material for a week.

This is the first time that the CAE organizes an activity where exclusively the Kapla is used, and one of the first ones that are made in Catalonia. Habitually, the CAE has been incorporating Kapla into its leisure activities – in the Week of Games on the Street, in the Tasting of Games … – or in the activities that it does to the schools – scholastic, welcoming, extracurricular, …

The Kapla is a construction game created by Tom van der Bruggen from rectangular wooden pieces. The pieces maintain a ratio between their sides of 1: 3: 5 and this allows for quite sophisticated constructions. Kapla is an apt and interesting game for both grown and young. Beyond being an entertaining and entertaining game, it is being used in many schools for educational purposes because it allows to work on the geometry of space, the coordination of movements or collaborative work, among other skills.

We analyze the biological and biochemical status of the Rajadell stream

The “Xup Riera Viva” project, together with the Parc de la Sèquia, organized a day of biological and biochemical inspection of the health status of the Rajadell stream in Xup, where neighborhood families were attended. This year, as a novelty, the workshop had a binocular magnifying glass that allowed attendees to be able to see in detail and identify the bodies that live in the water. The workshop also analyzed the state of good water quality. These days are carried out from the beginning of the project “Xup Riera Viva” and aim to make a collection of data to see what is the state of conservation of this natural environment.

Cossetània edicions publishes “Manresa: where water is the way”

The volume, edited with the support of Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia, has as authors Josep Alert, Mercè Codina and Josep Huguet

Under the generic title Manresa: where water is the path, Cossetània Edicions has published in the Azimut collection a new tourist guide on the capital of Bages. The volume, whose edition has the support of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia, offers a proposal of ten urban routes from two vertebrating axes that give identity to the territory: on the one hand, the farming and irrigation tradition; On the other, the footprint of St. Ignasi de Loyola’s stay, which is a strategic city bet.

From these two conductive threads, the guide – produced with the intervention of the company CatEmocions, SL, specialized in tourist content – proposes the discovery of a landscape not only physical and natural, but also human and cultural, to Through a wide range of information on historical events, characters, anecdotes, customs, curiosities, etc.

The ten itineraries of the guide run along parallel paths to the water obstacles of Manresa -rises, rivers, ditches and channels derived in natural, rural, irrigated and urban areas- on the pretext of following the footprint that peasantry Irrigation has left on the landscape of the capital of Bages, until the outbreak of industrialization. The book follows, at the same time, the places visited in the 16th century by the founder of the Company of Jesus, or who retain their trace.

The work, therefore, shows a city that grows and forms around the water and allows you to travel through places that are unusual not only for most visitors but also for the majority of the people of the city. At the same time, it offers a curious story of seven hundred years of history the bages capital, grafted with the general history of Catalonia.

Manresa: where the water is the way has been prepared by a team formed by Josep Alert, Mercè Codina and Josep Huguet.


Josep Alert i Puig (Igualada, 1966). He has a degree in history, has been teaching and journalism and has worked as a community facilitator and a culture technician. On behalf of the City Council of Manresa, in 2013 he coordinated the Year Amat-Piniella. He is the author of La Barcelona Jewish and La Sèquia de Manresa (with Pol Huguet), edited by Cossetània. Currently working in the field of cultural management and cultural tourism.

Mercè Codina i Gessé (Solsona, 1992). Geographer, technology in geographic information technologies. He has collaborated in the development of TIG tools for the management of the Collserola Natural Park. Amateur for hiking, he has guided groups of children and young people from a listening group for seven years in the Solsonès region and in different places of Central Catalonia.

Josep Huguet i Biosca (Manresa, 1951). Industrial engineer and graduate in contemporary history. He is the author of several didactic works of the social sciences and essays on political issues, as well as a regular contributor to the newspapers El Punt Today and Region 7. Coordinator and promoter of various cultural and nature tourism guides, and the Barcelona Cosmopolis collection, edited by Cossetània and the Barcelona City Council.

The 200th anniversary of the Panyos Factory, the star of the European Heritage Days

The program of the European Heritage Days will take place from October 6 to 19 and is part of the acts of the Capital of the Catalan Culture Manresa 2018. This year includes the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the oldest river factory in Catalonia: the Panyos

As every year at this time, monuments and heritage facilities throughout Europe open doors to celebrate the European Heritage Days, a holiday that has already become a cultural event of the highest order in the annual calendar. In Catalonia, on October 12, 13 and 14, hundreds of monuments will open doors for free and activities will be carried out for all audiences.

Manresa joins the celebration with various activities that will be held from October 6 to 19, 2018, and will serve to bring the city’s heritage closer together and spread the awareness of preserving it among the citizens. This year marks the commemoration of the 200 years of construction of the Panyos factory, which will culminate in the year 2020, when it will be two centuries after the factory began to work. The importance of this event for the city and the country has made it join the acts of the Capital of the Catalan Culture Manresa 2018.

Today, the presentation of the acts has been presented, with the presence of the Councilor for Culture and Youth of the City Council of Manresa, Anna Crespo; the vice president of the Fundación Aigües de Manresa -Junta de la Sèquia, Josep Alabern; the president of the Center of Studies of the Bages, Francesc Comas, and representatives of all the entities that collaborate in the days: Parc de la Sèquia, City Council of Manresa – ManresaCCC 2018, AMCTAIC, Colegio de Arquitectos-Demarcación de the Central Counties, College of Industrial Engineers-Demarcation Central Catalonia, Center of Studies of the Bages, Museum of Science and the Technique of Catalonia, AADIPA, Foundation Tourism and Fairs of Manresa

200 years of the first stone of the Panyos  

Manresa counts among its industrial heritage with the oldest river factory in Catalonia that still retains its original characteristics. It is about Can Miralda, popularly known as the Panyos Factory, which was built between 1818 and 1820. It is an emblematic building, representative of the era of the first industrialization in Catalonia and which has a recognized international prestige.

Due to its patrimonial value, the Miralda Factory was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest in 2009 and also deserved to be included in the National Plan of Industrial Heritage as one of the four industrial buildings of greatest interest in Catalonia.

It is a space rooted in the memory of the Humans who have tried to conserve over the years. Rehabilitation of the roof has been done but, in spite of everything, it is still a place to recover. That is why since October and for two years, 2018 to 2020 will be scheduled activities around the factory, to commemorate the 200 years of its construction to return the value and splendor that he deserves

Within the framework of the JEP, an exhibition of photographs, a playful day with stories, music and visits to the factory and a technical Conference, entitled “200 years of the Panyos, symbol of the Industrial Revolution”, has been organized at Museum of the Technique of Manresa, with the participation of architects and historians to explain and understand the importance of the factory in the Catalan industrial revolution.

At the press conference today, Councilmember Anna Crespo said that “the Panyos is a monument that needs a lot of support. The City Council made a cover to stabilize it, but it would be necessary to have a more comprehensive intervention, which can not be understood in the short term from the municipality. ” Even so, within the framework of the Conference, “we want to celebrate and make ourselves aware that we have this and other great heritage elements, which must be preserved and can return to life, and bring it closer to everyone.”

Josep Alabern, vice president of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia, and also president of the Association of the Science and Technology Museum and Industrial Archeology of Catalonia, pointed out that within the framework of the cultural capital of Manresa, It is important to highlight the importance of Locks. Since the construction began in 1818 and finished in 1820, the celebration of the 200 years will also be extended until 2020. According to him, “we can consider Locks as the beginning of industrialization in Catalonia. That sounds very strong, but nobody can say no. It’s worth doing this celebration that we have planned “. Alabern pointed out that at the initiative of the Aigües de Manresa Foundation many collaborating entities were added (“at the first meeting we were sixteen people”) and especially highlighted the day with specialists about the Panyos, who will analyze the its meaning for Manresa.