Forty-eight photographs – twenty-eight under the individual category and eighteen under the corporative modality – were submitted to IV LEQUIA contest to celebrate World Water Day, this edition devoted to wastewater. Participants were not satisfied with the most typical images of sanitation systems. They strived to capture anecdotes, explain scientific principles or show the potential for reuse of wastewater. Thus, among the photographs received, we can a wide variety of images, such as a duck looking at the first stages of the wastewater treatment, bacteria seen under the microscope, a manhole cover, the effects of nitrate pollution in Ebro river basin, or a wheat field watered with reclaimed water.
The winners are homage to the sector workers
The jury has awarded Roser Fontseca (@la_rous_) with 100€ prize of the individual category for a photograph taken from her job post, the laboratory of analysis of Vic wastewater treatment plant on 22nd March, world water day. «I waited to take the photograph at that time of the day because of the beautiful light of the sunset, the softest and warmest light of the day. I also wanted to reflect how workers in Vic wastewater treatment plant work from dawn to dusk on rotating shifts, in order to cover 24 hours day and 365 days year for the proper operation of the plant», says Roser. Under the corporative category, the company Serveis Integrals de Manteniment del Maresme S.L. (@simmar) – which manages the sanitation services in Maresme region (Barcelona) – encouraged its employees to respond to the initiative collectively through its Instagram account. The call couldn’t be more effective. A panoramic view of Mataró, perfectly integrated in a urban area of high industrial activity, was awarded with a prize consisting of a set of technical books offered by Campus UdG Water. Therefore, the two winners are homage to sector workers, in terms of their authorship and the message given.
The set of technical books, a sample of UdG research within the water field
The corporative prize includes a small sample of water research currently being carried out at LEQUIA research group and the whole University of Girona, with books like “Decisiones en los sistemas de saneamiento: un poco de ayuda” (2012), “Guía Técnica para la Implantación de los Bioreactores de Membrana” (2014)”, “Global Change and River Ecosystems – Implications for Structure, Function and Ecosystems Services” (2015) or “Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treament” (2016).
The prize-giving will take place during a workshop organized by Campus UdG Water in June.