The director of the Chair for the Transformation of the Economic Model of the University of Valencia, Francesc Hernández, recently presented the report “Analysis of the Wastewater Treatment Capacity in the Metropolitan Area of Valencia”. A study that counts on the sponsorship of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition.
From this document it can be concluded that the transformation of the current treatment plants is moving towards their conversion into facilities for the optimization of water resources. Thus, they can be adapted to changing conditions such as flow forecasts and others of a climatic or demographic nature.
Hernández pointed out that “the study highlights the importance of resource efficiency in the wastewater treatment and reuse processes. In this way we have a safe and viable way of increasing the water supply, reducing the pressure on some water resources that are already overexploited “.
Regarding the impact that these practices have on society, the also professor of Applied Economics stressed that the proper functioning of the treatment plants “is not only important for the well-being of societies but also that of ecosystems.” That is why he has insisted on the idea of betting on the circular economy as a “new model to follow, fleeing from short-termism, because inefficiency is not neutral, it always has costs.”