iWater, the international complete water cycle fair, held its third day today, focusing on reuse and on the capacity to be more efficient and sustainable in water management through technology and knowledge. SUEZ thus shared its solutions and experience in irrigation with the aim of contributing to the protection of natural resources for everyone in the future.
The Director of Irrigation Market of SUEZ, Javier Borso, stated that there is a triple commitment in the sector: “social, since 70% of water consumption is for agricultural use; economic, for farms to be as profitable as possible; and environmental, to respect the sources of supply”. In relation to technology, he highlighted humidity sensors and remote detection among the Group’s solutions to guarantee irrigation efficiency and sustainability.
In this context, the President of iWater and Executive Vice-President of SUEZ in charge of the water activity in Europe, Angel Simón, stated that “technology allows us to manage knowledge, save water and reduce energy consumption. Furthermore, combined with agronomic knowledge, it will help us to consume the quantity of water required to produce the best agricultural product possible”.
On this day there were also discussions about smart metering and the added value for the user of knowing their water consumption and comparing it with other similar profiles, using the Pixi app. There was also an explanation of the project carried out by Aigües de Barcelona, Cetaqua and Sant Feliu de Llobregat Town Council, the objective of which was to develop the methodology to introduce a circular economy model in this municipality and to encourage the use of reclaimed water for non-drinking uses.
Moreover, the Group’s Director of Innovation and Knowledge, Maria Salamero, presented Escola de l'Aigua, which was created to transmit knowledge in the sphere of water and sewerage in a cross-disciplinary manner. “We work together with the administration, companies and other players involved in Professional Training (FP)”, stressed Maria Salamero.
Specific experiences and success stories were likewise shared, such as that of the Instituto Pere Martell in Tarragona, the only Spanish school which, for the third year, is offering dual education on the · training cycle in Water. In his presentation, Ángel Miguel, Director of the Institute, explained that the cycle consists of a first school year at the centre and a second year in which the students combine three days of placement in a company and two days at the school.
Another benchmark case is the national capacity-building system in the water and sewerage sector of Peru. In his intervention, Iván Chocano, advisor to the PROAGUA II programme of German Development Cooperation in Peru, explained that once the demand of companies has been systematized, capacity-building is promoted on the basis of a five-year budget.