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.