Innovation: Sustainable Urban Water Management Plans, Promoting Suds And Considering Climate Change, In The Province Of Valencia

Last update: 29.06.2013
Automatically
Generated
Is this your eco-innovation?
Update here.
Demo
Keywords: 
river‚ waste water treatment‚ urban area‚ rain water‚
Wastewater from the city of Xativa overflows practically every year from the municipality’s combined sewer system. The problem occurs because the local water treatment plant cannot cope with the large volume of water generated in periods of heavy rainfall. The combined sewer overflow discharges directly into the Albaida river, thus deteriorating water quality and threatening the river’s ecological status. A similar problem occurs in the municipality of Benaguasil, in Valencia, with combined sewer overflow discharging in periods of flooding, into the Turia river. Both rivers are very important in the region for agri-tourism, thus environmental protection is high on the municipalities’ agendas. A 2007 study of the water quality of the two rivers found that although they complied with the current environmental regulations, their status was not ideal with deficiencies in dissolved oxygen and some negative environmental impacts on river vegetation detected. Moreover, the presence of high
concentrations of certain chemicals regulated by the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) was also noted.
The principal aim of the AQUAVAL project is to introduce the use of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) to the municipalities of Xativa and Benaguasil. Specifically, the project will aim to:

1. Avoid combined sewer overflow in order to improve the water quality of the receiving water courses;
2. Avoid flooding within the urban areas during less heavy periods of rainfall, while taking into account the effect of climate change;
3. Reduce energy consumption;
4. Reduce ‘hot spot’ impacts in the two cities caused by large impermeable surfaces;
5. Exploit natural water resources (i.e. rainwater) by using it for example in irrigation, street cleaning, etc.;
6. Develop community environmental policy through the integration of environmental concerns into urban water policies, thereby contributing to sustainable development.Two demonstration sites are planned (one per municipality) to promote the use of SUDS regionally, nationally and in other areas of southern Europe. Sustainable urban water management plans will also be drawn up in both Xativa and Benaguasil.

We are sorry. There is currently no information available in this section.

We are sorry. There is currently no information available in this section.

This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Sustainable Urban Water Management Plans, Promoting Suds And Considering Climate Change, In The Province Of Valencia

Acronym: 
AQUAVAL

Runtime: 
01.01.2010 to 30.06.2013

Status: 
completed project

Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.

Please click on an entry to view all contact details.

N/A

(Spain)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: PALLÁS Eduardo Balaguer

Website: http://www.aquavalproject.eu

Phone: +34 962 289801

Contact