The Catalan Water Agency (ACA) is to build a new wastewater treatment plant to improve sewage treatment in Botarell, in the district of Baix Camp. The tender procedure for the execution of the extension work and guaranteed operation of the plant for a period of one year is now underway. The contract is worth €2.7 million. Bids can be submitted until September 16 and the contract will have a duration of two years and 10 months from the time it is awarded and signed.
The new facility will be of the compact type, with activated sludge treatment featuring extended aeration and nutrient reduction. The plant will have the capacity to treat a flow of 326 m3/day (population equivalent of 2,000) and will replace the current WWTP, which has a treatment capacity of 200 m3/day (population equivalent of 800). The new facility will guarantee the satisfaction of current and future wastewater treatment needs, bearing in mind that the population of the municipality has doubled in the last 20 years.
The new plant will be located near the currently-operating plant, with a view to availing of part of the upstream sewage infrastructures, such as collector sewers and pumping stations, but it will also be a little further from the urban centre. The facility will return the duly-treated water to the Empedrado ravine, thus enhancing the environmental quality of this waterway.