AEAS president, Fernando Morcillo, participated at the Presentation Seminar of the UNE 149002 Standard. This standard sets out the criteria and requirements to enable identification of non-biodegradable and degradable products, which determines whether or not they can be flushed down the toilet. Fernando Morcillo estimates that extra maintenance and wastewater treatment costs associated with this problem in Spain amounts to between 4 and 6 euro per person per annum, which is equivalent to an increase in costs of between 10% and 15%.
The president of the Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS) participated today at the Presentation Seminar of the UNE 149002:2019 Standard: Acceptance criteria for products that can be flushed down the toilet. The event was organised by the Spanish Standardisation Association (UNE) in collaboration with AEAS, ASPAPEL, STAMPA, AITEX and ADELMA.
During his presentation, Fernando Morcillo highlighted the fact that the AEAS had led the technical committee for the drafting of this Standard (CTN 149 Water Engineering), which enables identification of whether or not products are biodegradable and, consequently, suitable for flushing down the toilet.
The AEAS president explained that the association has been working for years to put an end to the problems caused by the flushing of inappropriate products. He added that it was a worldwide problem and caused an uncountable number of blockages in sewer networks, whilst increasing pollution and global maintenance costs by billions of euro. He added that, in Spain, extra maintenance and wastewater treatment costs associated with this problem amount to between 4 and 6 euro per person per annum, which is equivalent to an increase in costs of between 10% and 15%.
The UNE 149002 Standard, which has been promoted by the Spanish water and paper sectors, and ratified with the consensus of all stakeholders, provides an effective response to the problem of clogging in sewer networks by promoting the use of quality, eco-friendly, disposable products through the establishment of objective criteria.