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'Formentera, Water Smart Island', al Congrés Internacional SWAN 2018

Foto watersmartislandLa consellera de Medi Ambient, Daisee Aguilera, i Ángel Encinas, del Departament d'Innovació i Tecnologia de l'empresa concessionària Aquàlia, han presentat el projecte “Formentera Water Smart Island” al Congrés Internacional SWAN 2018, que se celebra a Barcelona.

Aguilera i Encinas han fet la seva presentació en el marc de la conferència “Prioritzar les Ciutats Intel·ligents: conscienciació, compromís i responsabilitat”, moderada per la responsable de l'àrea de Gestió Intel·ligent del departament d'Innovació d’Aquàlia, Eva Martínez.

'Formentera Water Smart Island'
Aquest és el projecte implantat a Sant Ferran, on es va desenvolupar un sistema de telelectura de comptadors intel·ligents d'aigua amb molt bons resultats que ha portat al Consell a decidir implantar-los en tota l'illa amb 2.394 comptadors, sense cap cost directe per als ciutadans.

L'objectiu és aconseguir un ús sostenible i adequat de l'aigua, molt valuosa per a la illa. De fet, al 2017 el rendiment hidràulic a Formentera ha estat d'un 89,57%.

El sistema permet la lectura dels comptadors de l'aigua en temps real, millorant la informació al client i l'eficiència de la xarxa. Per als usuaris, té molts avantatges. D'una banda, permet la lectura del comptador sense necessitat d'accedir a la comunitat o a l'habitatge individual i, per tant, evita les lectures estimades. A més, detecta si existeix una fuita interior en l'habitatge com a indicatiu de possibles avaries en les seves instal·lacions, evitant així factures elevades per pèrdues d'aigua. També indica quan existeix un comportament anòmal del comptador per parada del mateix i facilita al Servei d'Aigües informació desglossada per hores de l'aigua que no es registra a causa de pèrdues en la canonada de distribució per trencaments, fraus o consums no controlats. Així mateix, aquest sistema permet disposar d'un coneixement de la demanda d'aigua a cada zona a més d'informació objectiva i detallada cara a definir un pla d'inversió de la xarxa.

El projecte del sistema de lectura remota és un pas més en l'aposta pel desenvolupament tecnològic que es ve implantant des dels darrers anys en el Servei d'Aigües de Formentera, on ja es compta amb un sistema de telecontrol i telecomandament de totes les infraestructures d’abastament i sanejament d'aigua, així com amb equipaments de control remot de la sectorització de la xarxa de distribució i tecnologies de detecció informatitzada de fuites.

Formentera consolidates and expands recycling programme for organic waste

foto dia reciclatge 2018 2The Formentera Council's environment office took the opportunity of International Recycling Day to distribute special composting sacks to businesses in Sant Francesc which took part in last year's test run of a door-to-door programme to recycle organic waste.

Last year, one hundred tonnes of discarded organic material were collected and mixed with shredded plant trimmings. A roughly eight-month maturation process resulted in three hundred cubic metres of high-quality compost for gardens and agriculture.

CiF environment secretary Daisee Aguilera thanked the participants in last year's trial in Sant Francesc and underscored the importance of recycling organic rubbish. The secretary highlighted the importance of “consolidating the cycle of organic matter”, and beamed about the current measure's potential to “restore the inherent utility of organic waste” at the same time it “helps to reduce the volume of material entering landfills”. Aguilera professed renewed ambition in what she maintained was an already very successful recycling programme on the island. “This year we've been named the biggest per capita glass recyclers in the nation,” she said. “We're hoping that sort of active participation will continue across local business, because organic waste recycling helps us all”.

Following the success of last year's recycling push, the Council moved to extend organic waste collection to the entire island. Over a five-month period that began May 15, one hundred seventy local businesses classified as “medium- to large-scale waste producers” will be able to recycle their organic refuse at points along two established routes. In addition, businesses will have at their disposition an environmental ombudsperson and three patrol staff available to provide assistance and field questions about the initiative.

Last year Formentera's €90,000 organic waste initiative received €32,000 in subsidies from the environmental arm of the LEADER programme. It is hoped 400 tonnes will be collected this year.

This summer, Formentera's visiting cruise ships must steer clear of posidonia

foto sea cloud IIThe department of environment of the Formentera Council reports that this summer, cruise ships that tie up in the island's waters must do it outside la Savina port's zone two. The measure can be traced to 2015, when the Council began advocating for posidonia preservation.

Environment secretary Daisee Aguilera spoke cheerily about a measure “offering the renewed promise of balancing tourism-driven cruise ship traffic with posidonia safeguards”. She also thanked agencies like the Balearic Islands port authority and harbour master's office and Verlio, an Eivissan shipping agent, for their engagement in the effort.

The first cruise ship to anchor in nearby waters this season will be Sea Cloud II, a 117-metre vessel whose arrival is scheduled for this Friday. Two more have stops planned this summer. To avoid damage to the seagrass meadows, all three ships will anchor one nautical mile northwest of the port in a sandy bottomed area of water 40 metres deep.

With online service activated, Formentera gives islanders voice in proposed MEDSALT-2 surveys

Foto medsaltThe Formentera Council is joining Aliança Mar Blava's bid to stop Medsalt-2, a series of proposed acoustic surveys, by allowing islanders to voice opposition online.

Besides collecting comments on the project in person at the environment office, street-side canvassing has also been conducted at events like the recent half marathon and a stand on the administration's doorstep. From today, islanders can take to the Formentera Citizen Information Office's online platform (OVAC) to leave comments on the plan.

From the “Destacats” menu on the main page, visitors to the site will find the option to “Present comments on the MEDSALT-2 acoustic survey project” (Presentació al·legacions al projecte de sondejos acústics MEDSALT-2). Clicking on it will lead them to page where their comment can be signed and sent. The page also features information about the project and details about the online comments process.

Given the potentially devastating repercussions the project stands to have on our coasts, the Council urges broad support of Aliança Mar Blava's effort to stop it.

Coastal cleanup

Foto neteja 2018 2The Formentera Council's environment office reports that this Sunday, May 20, ecological group “Que Celeste” will stage the latest in a series of community beach cleanups.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 12 noon at kilometre marker 8.5 in es Carnatge—the Council and the Govern balear will supply the pick-up gear and rubbish bags. Cleanup is in a rocky area with scant shade, so organisers urge volunteers to come with appropriate footwear and a hat.

Litter collected will be repurposed and transformed into décor pieces at "Que Celeste"'s annual festival.

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