From the sea to the sink! Adeje’s desalination plants

Adeje council and Entemanser teach students about the importance of water in the Canaries

After a talk in the classroom the students visited the desalination plant in La Caleta
Tuesday 18 December 2018

The Adeje councillor for Works and Services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and the councillor for municipal services, Esther Rivero Vargas, along with the director of Aqualia Canarias, Emilio Fernández and Pedro Gómez de Ayala from Entemanser took part in a workshop yesterday with 47 children from 6th class in Tijoco Bajo primary school. The visit was part of a project to learn about the hugely important cyclical role water plays in our lives and how it is treated by the participating water companies here.

This project began last week with a talk in the classroom given by Entemanser and Aqualia representative, Pedro Gómez. The talk was in two blocks, preservation and information about the culture of water in the Canarias, and the integrated cycle of water supply in urban areas. The children, having absorbed the theory, were given practical demonstrations on Monday. Ernesto Iglesias, an Adeje engineer, and the head of water desalination for Aqualia, Francisco Urquijo, explained the detailed process of desalination in the borough and how the installation works. The visit was done with small groups to allow these future ‘guardians of Adeje’s water supply’ better understand the detailed workings of the plant, and to ensure a safer visit for all the children.

The participants were given information tools to help them better understand the need for responsible use of water and respect for the sources, both in terms of consumption and the return of water to the environment for its future purification.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera commented, “these social-educative initiatives by Entemanser are very important to ensure that our students are aware of the need for proper water treatment, from its extraction from the sea to its arrival into our sinks from the tap at home These young people will carry that message to their families, insisting on the need for responsible use of water.

“Together with Entemanser, we in the council have invested in the construction and working of this desalination plant which processes over 10 million litres of water a day”

Entemanser was founded in 1987 and acquired by Aqualia in 2005, and is the company charged with the management of water supply in a number of boroughs in Tenerife.

 

Music as a life learning tool

Adeje council’s music therapy project for special needs persons

The Adeje Council has presented a music therapy project, ‘Timba’, for special needs individuals. With the municipal School of Music and the Los Olivos centre for functional diversity, under councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez respectively, the programme will b open to anyone in Adeje who is special needs, with the main aim being to bring music to the whole population. “This is a programme to use music as physical, psychological and social tool in improving the lives of individuals”, said Carmen Rosa González.

“Music as therapy is not just an idealistic notion in the search for ‘curative power”, said Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. “The therapeutic effects of music are the results of professional methods that are properly applied”.

Those interested in signing up for classes can do so through the Adeje School of Music, with classes in the mornings and afternoons on offer. It is thought the morning hours would suit adults with some form of special needs and the afternoon sessions might be better suited to people with functional diversity who are attending regular educational centres in the mornings.

Among the aims will be the “improvement of communication through music, listening, dancing or playing, transmitting feelings and ideas, improving interpersonal relationships and self-awareness, explained Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. The teachers will focus on multi-sensory stimulation, self-expression, helping to develop intellectual capacity, improve cognitive abilities and psychomotor functions such as spatial perception, motor skills and co-ordination.

The project has already completed a pilot phase in the Los Olivos centre with a high level of satisfaction reported from students and teachers. “Now we want to take it a step further and open the programme to everyone so we need the School of Music to come on board, as here we have the installation and the teaching staff who are able to become involved in the project”, said the councillor.

Carmen Rosa González added that “attention to those with special needs if part of the protocol of the School of Music. Currently we have a dozen students who have some form of disability and we are interested in opening the school’s doors to many more people in particular to what is, in some ways, a ‘vulnerable’ section of our society. The school is 100% behind the project”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan to repave and upgrade Adeje’s principal roads

 

The Adeje council has been working to upgrade and repave the principal roads throughout the borough in recent months. The work has been divided into two phases, one in the mainly tourist zone and the other in the mostly residential areas with streets and avenues targeted for improvement. The work is to meet the heavy demands of a region that sees over 200,000 people passing through on a daily basis as well as cars and workers who serve the area.

 

According to the councillor for works, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, “this is an important investment, which could cost in the region of three and a half million euros. We are almost finished in Costa Adeje and are moving onto phase two which is concentrated in the residential villages and neighbourhoods.” She said that included in the plans is work to improve mobility and pavements for those with special needs.

The plan will affect some of the streets with the highest footfall in the town centre; Calles Concha García Álvarez, Universidad de La Laguna, Calle El Castillo,Calle Las Huertas, Calle Tagoror and the Avenida Palo Mayor. In La Postura work will affect Calles Pérez, 30 de Mayo, Viera y Clavijo, La Paz and Tajinaste and in El Galeón it will include the Avenidas de los Océanos, del Poniente and los Vientos as well as Calles Jarcias and La Borda, and Paseo de las Calmas.

In Las Nieves the streets for upgrade include Calles Tegueste, Parque Santa Úrsula,Tágara and Atbitocazpe. In the Las Torres Barranco zone it will be Calle Barranco del Inglés and also the Camino de Las Moraditas.

Fañabe streets up for repaving are the Avenida Islas Canarias and Calles Isla de Tenerife, La Gomera, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Alegranza, La Graciosa and La Palma. In Armeñime the main streets affected are Calles la Patrona de Canarias, Poetas Canarios and León Felipe, and Calles La Isa, Malagueñas, Folías Seguidillas and Tajaraste in Las Rosas.

In Los Menores and Charco del Valle work will affect Calles Chabú, Nicolosa and La Tablada while in La Hoya it will be Calles La Milagrosa, Secadero and Morro Afonso Alto. Tijoco Bajo improvements will be along the Calles Virgen del Carmen, El Granero, La Presa, La Unión, and La Pedrera.

Callao Salvaje is also included with improvements beginning along Calles La Zahorra, El Jable, Duarte and Pencatinta. Finally in Ricasa work is scheduled for the road up from Ricasa to Gasparianes

 

 

 

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Keyhole surgery for water pipes!

New technology will cut repair time and reduce water cuts

This morning the Adeje councillor for works and services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, the director of Aqualia Canarias Emilio Fernández and the head of services for Entemanser Adeje, Francisco Caballo presented a new repair vehicle equipped with the latest technology to detect water leaks via a robot, camera and a linked information system. The new machine, costing €100,000, will service the five boroughs where Entemanser operates and it is calculated it will reduce repair times to a maximum of three hours.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera remarked, “In a borough of this size it is really important to have a vehicle of this type to work on detecting underground water leaks in the sanitation networks, which in Adeje is up to 153 kilometres of tubing. Thanks to the incorporation of the latest technology the speed with which we can detect leaks is radically improved and we can solve the problems in a much shorter time without causing huge problems for the public with fewer and shorter cuts in supply and service. I would like to extend my congratulations to the company for the investment made in this latest technology for the benefit of all”.

Emilio Fernandez explained to the press, who were invited for a short demonstration, that “this was a stake for Entemanser to access the best and latest in technology for the benefit of the public, improving management of the service, and bettering the time needed to detect and repair a fault in the network. With this kind of technology, when we do detect a leak or any kind of issue in the network we can now fix it without having to dig up the road, thus avoiding more problems for residents. This also means less rubble and a huge reduction in the time taken to resolve the problem. We are also, at the same time, improving the quality of the work of our personnel and their working day as they don’t have to get down into the water network to make repairs, so reducing the risk of any work-place accidents”.

The vehicle is equipped with a television camera designed for underwater work, so that repairs to underground pipes can be carried out without the need for trenches. The design allows the work to be completed within a three hour time frame with little or no damage to the surrounding area nor acoustic contamination. It also means no traffic blocks and in general there will be no water cuts to the general supply either. The vehicle can be parked beside the nearest manhole cover and the work carried out from there. Two operators will work machinery, find the leak, fix it and once complete the vehicle is ready to move to where it is next needed.

Entemanser was founded in 1987 and taken over by Aqualia in 2005. It is the concessionary charged with managing the water supply provision in Santiago del Teide, Guía de Isora, Adeje, San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla. It also operates the desalination plant in La Caleta and manages the water service supply for the private urbanisation in Gold del Sur.

 

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Making life easier

 

The town’s plans include four separate car-parks adding 1,000 parking spaces for the public

Yesterday the Adeje Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, alongside Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, councillor for Works and services, and Román García Higuera, town technician, presented the plans to the press in the soon-to-be opened town centre car park beside the old Fort House. Over 18 million euros are earmarked for the series of works that will see over 1,000 new parking spaces in the town as well as the upgrade of a number of roads and pedestrian zones.

The mayor said, “With these plans we are meeting some of the main demands of the people of the borough. We have also tried to execute the work in a manner that causes least disruption to the daily lives of our residents and town visitors. In the council’s strategic mobility plan we have established quite clearly that people take precedence over traffic and that’s why in the constructions planned we have also included public spaces, bicycle lanes, green zones etc. We are working to meet our vision of the future for Adeje”, he said. The mayor added that the financing of the projects was possible given that the council had met all of national budgetary requirements.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera said that the car-parks would be open structures, and “designed with the public in mind, all designed with a plaza at street level, with child-friendly zones and in the case of Los Olivos a sport zone. The objective was also not simply to increase parking spaces for residents but to make shopping, working, or making business calls easier to carry out. The design criteria mean that the car-parks are user-friendly, using the latest technology, sustainable energies, with light sensors, places for cars for those with reduced mobility, and charging stations for electric cars. We have worked to ensure that every euro spent will play a part in improving the quality of life or out residents”.

In the Fort House zone the car-park is almost finished. At a cost of nearly €3 million and financed by the council, there will be 200 new public parking spaces for this part of town. The car park will be managed by a new company created for the purpose and to create jobs for those on the margins of social exclusion/long-term unemployed. The car-park’s technical planning will be similar in the other car-parks being built in Los Olivos (already underway), Plaza del Emigrante (behind the Town Hall) and La Postura.

Putting the needs of the people first is also part of the planning of other major road works in the borough, in particular the new avenue that will access Costa Adeje from the TF1 motorway, specifically from the Fañabe local police station down to the Melía Jardines del Teide hotel roundabout. This work will be carried out in conjunction with the Cabildo, and as well as a much-improved road will include a major pedestrian zone and a bicycle lane (from La Caleta to the roundabout at the Mencey Tinerfe el Grande hotel), green zones and improved drainage.

This work will cost in the region of €5 million with the council contributing over 70% of the cost. This is also part of the long-standing vision of the Adeje mayor to improve links between the tourist zone of Costa Adeje and the town, while maintaining the particular characteristics and identity of each. It is hoped this work will be finished by the end of the year.

Both the mayor and the councillor added that there are other works for neighbourhood improvements in the pipeline and hope to announce details soon with re-paving having already commenced in Costa Adeje.

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Odour-free La Caleta!

La Caleta has a new rubbish collection system

La Caleta, in Adeje, now has a new modern rubbish disposal system, unique to Adeje, which is an electric compactor system for organic waste. “With this initiative the council is responding to local needs to improve waste collection in the area where there are a lot of residents and tourists and a high concentration of restaurants”, said the councillor in charge of municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

Representatives of the council, including the councillor for the area Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and a representative of the municipal sanitation company UTE Ascan Torrabonaf, presented the plan to the La Caleta residents association, introducing what is a new and modern collection system for organic waste as well as new recycling waste containers.

The compactor has a capacity of 14m2, or 14,000 litre, and can be used 24 hours a day, with a hydraulic opening and closing mechanism that will greatly reduce odours in the zone. “With the new system the neighbourhood of La Caleta will see its waste management improve and overall the collection will be more efficient” assured the councillor. She said the new compact containers were the equivalent of 40 of the old waste containers, and the council had acquired a specific area for their installation chosen to avoid problems for residents.

During the week representatives from the UTE Ascan Torrabonaf service have been down in La Caleta to explain the new system to residents and restaurant owners. The council is also happy to offer recycling courses for any establishment that would be interested.

Use of the new containers should be done by following the instructions on the information panels. By pressing button on the panel the tray for depositing waste bags will be accessed, place the bag in the appropriate area and close the tray to allow the machine to begin the automatic compacting operation.

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Tax freeze and rates drop!

 

House rates will drop this year for home owners in Adeje

Yesterday the Adeje council released details of the 2108 budget with the mayor stating that the council’s main priorities for 2018 would be to continue to make individual care and attention and quality of services priorities. However be said the national ‘law of rationalisation’ was creating problems for the council. Also present at the launch of the budget proposals were the councillors for tax, Epifanio Díaz, and the councillor for works and municipal services, Carmen Rosa González.

Adeje has met all budget targets and aims as outlined by the national ministry for finance and tax, and under the law of rationalisation as applied to local public administrations. The council is, on average, paying providers within 15 days of presenting bills (the national average is 30 days), and is working with a zero deficit.

Under these circumstances the council is able to present an expansive and ambitious programme for the year ahead. However, says mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “we are restricted from planning to be more ambitious in our borough due to the national law, I am calling it the law of irrationality, it’s tying our hands and not allowing us grow more than 2.3% even though we finished last year with a surplus of €15 million”. He continued, “It is unjust that boroughs that have met all the budgetary conditions laid down are being hindered, and furthermore as a tourist destination we do have to offer increased and improved services and resources”.

In 2018 Adeje has said it will spend €89.5 million with an expected income of €93.6 million, figures similar to the year gone by. Last year’s handling of the public finances saw a continuation of the monetary stability that has meant Adeje is one of the better managed boroughs.

The mayor outlined the four spending areas for the council for the year: consolidate and improve the quality of public services, accounting for 56% of projected costs; attention to social welfare needs and programmes, 13% of the projected cost; training and employment programmes at a projected cost of €5 million; freezing of local taxes and a drop in local rates which will benefit over 60% of the Adeje residential population.

Regarding employment Adeje has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Spain, with just 7% on the dole. The mayor continues to prioritise training and education as vitally important in tackling unemployment, “helping people, regardless of age or personal characteristics, to improve their job-finding prospects”. This will include language courses, training in IT, etc. Creating more jobs in the tourism sector is also a priority as well as offering those already employed in tourism on-going opportunities to improve their professionalism thus improving the level and quality of service in the sector.

Social projects, attention to health, diversity, education and culture, are also scheduled to receive extra funding. Projects such as that helping children walk safely to school, Adeje’s social harmony programmes, prevention projects in health, services for seniors and improving equality opportunities are an integral part of the plan for 2018.

The council representatives also mentioned the on-going works taking place in the town currently concentrating in improving parking, “one of the major problems that affects our residents”, remarked the mayor. Additionally over €4 million is earmarked for road surfacing throughout the borough, and improving the quality and extent of the water supply will also receive funding during the year.

 

 

 

 

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More parking for Los Olivos

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The Adeje council have voted its approval for the construction of an underground car park in the Los Olivos part of the town, and the licence has been granted, following a period of public competition, to Luis Olano Construcciones S.L.

The plan is part of the council’s on-going commitment to improve the quality of life for Adeje’s residents and businesses in the town and the car park will be between the streets of San José and La Cruz. There will be 285 parking spaces on three levels, and the top of the construction will become a public plaza and sport’s ground.

Councillor for works and services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, says the parking proposal has been designed “to meet the changing needs of the zone, with a concentration of Adeje’s residents living in  Los Olivos and La Postura.  This is also a busy commercial nucleus. The new structure will also give the public a new space for leisure activities and sport”.

The parking, part of the Adeje Mobility Plan, is part of a series of parking schemes for the borough, both underground and at street level. The multi-storey car park by the Casa Fuerte (Fort House) is almost completed and the La Postura plan is under design.

The Los Olivos car park will cover a ground space of 8,000m2, and the projected cost is in the region of €3 million. During the work traffic along the affected streets will continue as normal. When complete there will be at least 8 spaces reserved for those with reduced mobility, the car park will have lifts, security etc.

 

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