A brand new water treatment plant based on technology from the University of Burgos has seen the light in a small Spanish town

The treatment plant designed by the researchers Cipriano Ramos and Victorino Diez, belonging to the Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology group (BIOIND) of the University of Burgos in Spain, seeks to solve the environmental problem that exists in towns of less than 500 inhabitants in relation to the contamination of resources hydric.

The economic limitations of these towns force the application of conventional wastewater treatment systems that do not always allow compliance with the legal requirements for discharge, in addition to incurring, in certain cases, additional costs that the population cannot assume.

The technology will be able to make the leap to a real scale, being the first treatment plant of this type to be built, thanks to the trust that the Los Ausines City Council has placed in the research carried out by the University of Burgos.

The treatment plant is easy to build and operate, and its maintenance requirements are low, making it possible to achieve a discharge quality that complies with current regulations. In this way, it is possible to adapt the technology to the characteristics of small municipalities while protecting the environment, complying with the objectives set by the 2030 Agenda, being a promising system for the treatment of wastewater generated in urban areas with less than 500 inhabitants.

This initiative is a clear example of how the university fulfills its social commitment by transferring knowledge and offering solutions to existing problems in society. The BIOIND research group presents lines of research in the field of the use of clean technologies and biological processes for the treatment of industrial and urban wastewater and the generation of biogas, it has a large number of patents and collaborations with companies to give solution to the problem of water treatment.