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.
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.
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
Who is looking after the network to get water every day to our home faucets?
The industrial or domestic user, when opening a valve or a faucet to cool a machine or to shower, wants to get water. Behind this daily action there is a lot of people involved that, from the capture, to the treatment, to the later distribution and sanitation, it must work. That is why there must be a good management of the assets that make up this scenario.
What is meant by the management of assets?
All the elements (pipes, lifting pumps, reagent dossiers, continuous analysers, pumping pits, tanks, etc.) that are part of the water cycle are considered active, and must be kept in good condition by guarantee the water in the taps and return it healthy to the river for its reuse. Years ago, the concept of asset management was not usual, it was considered only maintenance of assets, and this, like the fire department, was to “quench fires”, that is, to repair the breakdowns that were coming out, and little else.
Now (and we go back to the years 2000-2004), Aigües de Manresa is committed to making this management of the assets in balance between guaranteeing the operation and the cost it entails. Thus, it provided the maintenance team of the time of tools to be able to prevent these assets, a computer program that recorded the breakdowns, as well as a preventive maintenance plan. At the same time, all this information would allow us, as it has been, to move forward in investments to the most problematic sites or assets.
Today, the asset management team is made up of 31 people, including technicians and operators who, apart from managing 7,074 assets and 27 distribution networks, also make up a work team available 24 hour a day, 365 days a year, to solve the incidents that may leave outside the working days and hours.
If we look at it with data of breakdowns and preventive actions, in 2016, on a global scale, we saw that they were carried out:
– 7,949 maintenance and preventive actions of electro-mechanical equipment;
– 1,768 maintenance actions on the net and committed.
Therefore, when you open the tap and leave it to water, remember that behind you there is a team of professionals who watch out for it to always be this way, and in case there isn’t water, do not despair and think that there are a working team trying to repair or improve the assets.
Josep Mª Zaragoza, manager of assets management of Aigües de Manresa
The Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia adheres to the call of the Taula per la Democràcia in relation to the general arrest of the country for the condemnation of the violence exercised by the security forces in the referendum of the 1st October
A large part of the water network is buried, this is where the GIS comes into play
A GIS (geographic information institute) is a computer program that works by linking geographic points with data.
Many of the applications we consult on a daily basis with the mobile are GIS adapted to different themes, such as Google Maps, which allows us to find places, guide us to a destination, view photos of the site, see restaurant information, opinions, etc. In our case, the information we work with in the GIS refers to elements of a network of drinking water or wastewater.
When repairing breakdowns or making changes to the network, since a large part is buried, it is necessary to use the maps in which it is drawn. A few years ago, its location was only in the memory of the workers and little by little it was transferred to paper plans. With the advent of computer drawing programs, this information was passed to digital format, thus simplifying the obtaining of information.
“Currently working with a GIS program that unites us with graphic information with a database and that allows the current network to be updated in real time with any mobile device”
From the GIS, we can consult many of the properties of the elements that make up a network, such as, for example, the material of the element, its dimensions, the year it was installed, the depth where it is located, etc. It also allows us to link documents produced for the management of the service such as sanitary controls or camera inspections that are carried out in the case of the sewer system. Apart from that, we can consult data from other internally linked programs such as subscribers, and thus control the consumption by zone, locate the incidents of the subscribers and know which subscribers it would affect the cut of the service at a certain point.
In the mobile devices, the program helps the operators on the ground, indicating and locating the valves that should be closed to isolate the zone of the fault, thus affecting the minimum number of possible subscribers. These breakdowns, end up being related to the affected elements and allow us to analyse in detail the number of breakdowns that occur in different sections in a while determined, and in this way, analyse and evaluate costs and affections.
All this information can be displayed graphically by crossing all the data that you acquire every day, creating thematic plans of breakdowns, or pipes installed per years, or residual collectors with slopes or insufficient capacity. All this information allows us to analyse and perform hydraulic simulations of the current or future scenarios for urban projects that show the behaviour of the network, and thus help to make the decisions that will allow a better service to the public.
Albert Torres, computer systems of Aigües de Manresa
Managing your own water is not usual, usually you just have to open the tap or tighten the chain. But there are specific cases where you must be responsible for self-management.
When you travel in motorhome you realize the implications of your daily life: you must manage the space very well because you have very little to live (eat, sleep, shower, cook), you must manage your waste, … and above all, one of the first things you are aware of is the management of water.
In a motorhome, you have to keep in mind that the grey water, that is, the water is used to wash the dishes, the shower, wash your hands or cook. This drainage of water will have to be more frequent or less depending on the size of the tank you have, the amount of water you spend or what liquid or waste will go to the grey water – it is not the same the water to wash your hands that water to cook a broccoli, that in the summer and at high temperatures, will leave you an unpleasant smell in your entire auto caravan.
On the other hand, you must also empty the black waters, that is, the ones you generate by going to the toilet. In this case the deposit is usually quite small, therefore, you have to empty it and clean it often and also keep in mind what is going to stop. It can only contain water, excrements and urine. Forget to use it like trash; There cannot be no covers, no mattresses, no wet towels, or even, no toilet paper! Except that you are willing to waste a long time trying to unplug the drainage tube from the water tank.
Finally, you have to have potable water. You often have a deposit of 100 litres or more, therefore, you will have to rationalize your consumption and use it carefully, without wasting it and being very aware of why you need it and how much you are left in the deposit. The gesture of activating the display is very frequent to see the level that has the potable water tank. And if you do not stay or you are running out, you will have to find a place where you can fill it with fresh water, which is not wherever there is a tap or a stream, no. You have to find somewhere ready for camper vans where you can connect your hose to fill the tank. It means that someone has previously purified the water and brought it to where you need it – a water company – and has left the appropriate connection point. Therefore, it is important that you have brought the potable water where you need it as you find water.
As I told you in a camper van you have approximately the amount of water that the United Nations organization considers that each person needs to live between 50 and 100 litres of water not contaminated daily. But also, according to their reports it is considered that under 100 litres / person and day goes into hygienic risk. Therefore, this means that in a motorhome, the use of water must be rationalized but without exceeding these limits of hygiene. We also must do it in the home of each one of us. Currently, in Manresa the daily consumption of water has dropped to 117 litres / person, when we were 15 years ago we were 180 litres / person. And that is already good, because it means that we have become aware of its more rational use. But we must also be aware of not entering hygienic risk.
To finish this summer paper, I would say that if you are lucky enough to spend the holidays next to the water, enjoy all the colours that the water shows: the transparent mountain stream, turquoise lake, blue from the sea, … but above all, respect it so that other people can enjoy it.
Anna Closes, head of the Educational Service of the Parc de la Sèquia