Delivery of research work to the Foundation

Last Friday the research work on water and the technique was carried out as a study object. The event was carried out at the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.

This event was organized jointly between the Pedagogical Resources Center and the Foundation Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia and was chaired by the Vice-President of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia, Josep Alabern.

The works given are the following:

Study of an industrial process in a company of Miquel López Piqué of the Institut Cal Gravat (Manresa)

Icarus. The dron with bird feathers by Marc Serrajordi and Oriol Garrigós from the Institut Cal Gravat (Manresa)

The water course Laia Postico Parcerisa of the Quercus Institute (Sant Joan de Vilatorrada)

The Calders river: chemical and biological quality of its waters of the Meritxell Estruch Escamez of the Pius Font i Quer Institute (Manresa)

The daphnies. How are the salinisation of the Llobregat affecting them? from Guillem Delis Pons of the Lluís de Peguera Institute (Manresa)

“Aigua i Memòria de la Sèquia” is presented, an education and awareness raising project

The project promoted by the Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia Foundation and Meandre, has received a subsidy from the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Yesterday at noon, at a press conference at InfoSequia (Information point at Parc de l’Agulla), the promoters of the project, explained in what it is and what actions will be carried out.

For Josep Alabern, vice president of the Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia Foundation, this project has as a the aim is to raise the awareness of the Sèquia and its importance for the municipalities of its surroundings, linked to the channel. Alabern pointed out that the Sèquia has become the “Bages canal“.

Laia Muns, the director of the Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia Foundation, explained the part that the Parc de la Sèquia makes of project, focusing on environmental education aimed at school centers and a family audience. Environmental educational workshops and the natural environment of the Sèquia are being carried out. These workshops are aimed at a family and school audience, and they want us to discover the fauna and flora that surrounds the canal.

The next scheduled workshops are:

  • Trace and fauna workshop in Balsareny (for schools)
  • May 31 dedicated to the schools that have participated in the project.
  • On June 1, there will be an Inspection to the Cardener at the Feast of the River
  • On June 9 , an activity for the construction of nesting boxes for families.
  • Activities for children on fauna and flora at Parc de l’Agulla (July)
  • During the month of July, excursions will also be organized around the irrigation of Manresa.

To find more information on the web page of www.parcdelasequia.cat

Bernat Marquilles, of the Arada social creativity, explained the part that was commissioned by the Foundation and that is related to the most historical and social part. From their experience in social dynamization and interpretation of the territory, they want to help to create a dialogue between the different municipalities. The workshops that will be promoted from the end of May will be in the different towns of the Sèquia (Balsareny, Sallent, Sant Fruitós, Santpedor and Manresa) and combine interviews and workshops with the collection of historical documentation.

By part of Meander, the partner entity, Carles Jódar, stressed the importance of reaching young audiences too. They have done so through the promotion of a short film competition for young people, accompanied by training workshops in relation to the environmental values ​​of the Anella Verda and the Sèquia and the transmission of some audiovisual techniques. Short films can be delivered until May 20th. The bases can be consulted on the Meander website. The winners will be presented within the framework of the Festa del Riu.

The result of all the work, both the environmental and the historical part, will be reflected in a traveling exhibition and in the publication of various triptychs for environmental dissemination. The project ” Aigua i Memòria de la Sèquia “, valued with an aid of € 36,910 and finalized in July 2019, works in the area of ​​education and environmental awareness, for the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of the” Natural environment and the material and immaterial heritage associated with the Sèquia.

The activities of the Agulla Park

We discover the new InfoSèquia. Information point approach

For many years, Parc de l’Agulla is a leisure space and a green lung for Manresa and its surroundings, where people are going to relax, sport, play or spend hot summers.

In the park they coexist different entities that manage various activities such as regulated fishing, kayak rental and canoes under reservation, sundays Txi Kung, Berenador Restaurant Bar, playground and the activities organized by InfoSèquia.

In the park there are also specific activities such as the Transèquia, the Marathon walk, the Batecs Solidaris race, the Agulla Market, the Havaneras, the pyromusical for the Festa Major and activities from schools or entities. All these activities are regulated by the regulation of Agulla Parc and you can find it on our web page www.parcdelasequia.cat

What is the InfoSèquia?

It is one of the facilities of the Parc de la Sèquia and serves as an interpretation center for the Sèquia and a tourist information point for visitors. It is open to the public on weekends and holidays.

This year a new approach has been given and it has been committed to boosting the center and the Sèquia. Next, we will emphasize the two types of differentiated activities that add value to it.

On the one hand, naturalistic activities are offered such as walks, departures and talks, where the natural elements of the Sèquia and the Parc de l’Agulla are the protagonists. In this direction, ornithological excursions have been made to the wetlands of the Bóbila and the installation of nest boxes in the Mas de la Sala area. These activities are aimed at both a family audience and an adult audience, and the objective is to help people to know the flora and fauna that so often go unnoticed. To facilitate this, he has opted for cohesion with Meandre, a entity that walks in nature and the Anella Verda, of which we are also part. In this way, joint activities are carried out or it is attempted not to overlap two activities the same day, which we value very positively.

On the other hand, activities are offered to promote the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the people who allow to live the nature from a more holistic perspective.
The connection between body, mind and nature, which is so important in this accelerated society in which we live, is to be strengthened, as well as facilitating the internal connection through observing, respecting, feeling and experiencing nature as part of that we are. In this field, lectures, conscious walks have been held at the Sèquia, yoga, psycho-emotional workshops and children’s workshops by different specialists from the territory.

All activities are uploaded to the Apuntador and on the monthly agenda of the Parc de la Sèquia and are open to everyone. We recommend that previous inscription be done at the workshops and talks to be able to handle it better. We encourage you to participate, as you will surely repeat!

Aura Planell, head of InfoSèquia. Information Point

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: // sinac.msssi.es

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 http://blocs.umanresa.cat/educaciofub/2018/12/05/viii-fira-dexperimentacio-per-infants-de-0-a-6-anys/

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.