Closing day held at Pontevedra provincial council house

15 February 2017
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15th February 2017 – The president of Pontevedra Provincial Council, Carmela Silva, alongside Alejandra Maceiras, in charge of quality and R&D in Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia (ITG) and Giovanni Bonaiuti, engineer at Planning Area in Physis (West Systems division, Italy) inaugurated today the seminar of presentation of the results, which marks the end of the European project SANePLAN.

Carmela Silva claimed that “water supply and sanitation must be two basic services to be provided by city councils to their inhabitants”. A statement which is totally consistent with the project’s outcome: provide instruments and technological tools for improving sanitation management integrating it with urban planning.

The president highlighted that “with SANePLAN, we are going to understand how sanitation networks work and particularly, we are going to have available technological simulators which ensure how sanitations networks are managed within the urban development context”. She also said that Deputación de Pontevedra will make extensive use of this tool following the successful pilot schemes experience in Cambados, Ribadumia, Baiona and Vilanova de Arousa, municipalities where more than 425 km of sanitation network were analysed.

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The closing day included 5 noteworthy talks:

  1. “Towards an integrated management of sanitation and urban planning: SANePLAN, challenges and achievements” given by Lucía Garabato Gándara, Engineer at ITG.
  2. “Integrated management of water and Urban Planning. Success stories: WIZ” given by Sig. Paolo Santinello, R&D Director at Klink S.r.l. (Italy)
  3. “R&D priorities in the water sector in Spain” given by Enrique Fernández Escalante, Technical Secretary of Plataforma Tecnológica Española del Agua (PTEA, Spain)
  4. “Opportunities brought by nanotechnology in Water Quality” given by Irene Otero Rodríguez, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL, Portugal)
  5. “Modelling of the sanitation network in Chiesina Uzzanese in Italy” given by Engr. Giovani Bonaiuti, Planning Area engineer at Physis (a West Systems division) (Italy).


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The European project SANePLAN has enabled to develop a simple software solution which will allow to technical staff of city councils to know key aspects for making decisions linked with sanitation and urban planning. A guarantee for efficient and sustainable management which makes possible to provide a quality sanitation service that ensures to meet the citizen’s needs.

Some practical examples which are provided by the information system are the following:

  • Knowing the required sanitation infrastructure for a municipality or group of municipalities and if it is enough;
  • Simple identification of localities currently and potentially served by the infrastructure
  • Determining whether climate change may affect the current sanitation infrastructure
  • Up-to-date inventory of the sanitation infrastructure
  • Monitoring of the works which are carrying out
  • A greater control over wastewater treatment process
  • Performing simulations or assessing produced wastewater




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