Aguas de Montilla reinforces the work of cleaning the scuppers for the new rainy season ~ Montilla Digital

Aguas de Montilla, the joint venture that manages the integral water cycle in the city, is involved in the maintenance and cleaning of the city’s sewage system. In recent weeks, this work has intensified with the aim of ensuring that the elements of the sewerage system are at their maximum hydraulic capacity before the start of the rainy season.

Thanks to this campaign, which is carried out periodically, the sewers are at their maximum capacity to carry the waterfalls and avoid possible damage. As usual, particular attention is paid to cleaning the areas of the city that suffer the most from the effects of the rain, such as Avenida de la Constitución and Avenida Marqués de la Vega de Armijo.

Although these tasks will intensify during the month of September, Aguas de Montilla has advanced the first actions to August, “in anticipation of more aggressive storms due to the intense summer heat and the concentration of humidity that ‘she provoked’. Some extreme episodes, they point out from the company, which should be more and more frequent due to climate change.

These actions complete those carried out throughout the year, carrying out more than 310 revisions in the seven pumping stations available to the population. The roughing grids of the pumping stations, as well as the chambers, manholes and reliefs, controlled via the Internet, are also regularly cleaned.

The preventive cleaning of the scuppers, the effective maintenance of the drainage and the drainage network or the planning of the structural needs of the city in the event of heavy rains are some of the fundamental elements to be able to face these episodes. More specifically, the joint venture manages in Montilla more than 96.5 kilometers of sewer and collector network, 2,257 box culverts, 2,515 manholes and seven pumping stations.

Likewise, from the company that manages the integral water cycle, they point out that “work is already underway to make the municipality resilient and adapt to the new challenges posed by global warming”. Thus, “progress continues in the digital transformation of processes and part of the municipal water management facilities are controlled via the web, to immediately detect any setbacks or malfunctions in them, which allows to react quickly and effectively in dealing with any problem”.

The company also has a remote control system to remotely and constantly check the relief of the environment, so that it is possible to know which one is having difficulties and to act to solve any problem. In addition, the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) has an alarm sending system that sends warnings and allows greater management capacity.

awareness campaigns

Aguas de Montilla also carries out different awareness campaigns, since “the inappropriate use of the bars and scuppers or the sewage systems of the houses can cause breakdowns and dangerous situations in the general sewage system of the city”.

Among these inappropriate uses, it is precisely the rinsing wet wipes, which end up forming clogs in the sewerage networks or in the pumping stations, “seriously endangering the operation of the general water drainage system”. To this are now added other elements such as masks, for which the company requests “responsibility” for their safe disposal and, thus, avoiding the environmental risks of this waste.

Overall, Aguas de Montilla points out that “in recent years there has been a decrease in the corrective cleaning of the scuppers thanks to the effect of the awareness campaigns that the company carries out throughout the year and the more efficient management of these infrastructures”.

“The inhabitants of Montilla are increasingly aware of the importance of not throwing debris, garbage and flammable liquids into the sewer system”, points out Aguas de Montilla, who recalls that due to the action of the wind and rainwater, the papers, packaging, cigarette butts, bottles and other waste that is thrown on the ground end up in the pipes or scuppers, clogging them and preventing them from draining the water, which ends up by flooding the streets.


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