The new Managing Director of ESAMUR visits the installations of Totana WWTP where the STO3RE demonstration plant is located. - December 13, 2018. - In order to show their support and encourage research, Joaquín Ruiz, Managing Director of the Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment Entity of the Region of Murcia, (ESAMUR), has visited the Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the municipality of Totana, where the demonstration plant of LIFE STO3RE project, coordinated by FACSA, is located.

Accompanied by ESAMUR technician Manuel Abellán, the new Managing Director focused the visit on knowing by first hand this innovative demonstration project, whose main objective is to protect the aquatic environment from contamination caused by nitrates, pathogenic microorganisms and micro-pollutants. All this through the implementation of a joint, energetically sustainable management model of sludge and pig slurry from WWTPs and farms respectively, in order to obtain a high quality "biofertilizer" for agriculture.

Currently, the plant is in the final phase of validation, and after having tested the anaerobic digestion in double phase of temperature and performing discontinuous tests with hydrodynamic cavitation on the one hand and ozonation on the other, work is now being done combining the three treatments in series: pre-treatment with cavitation followed by anaerobic digestion in double phase and ozonation as post-treatment.

LIFE STO3RE (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000150-Synergic TPAD and O3 process in WWTPs for Resource Efficient waste management) is a European research, development and innovation (R+D+i) project, framed within the LIFE 2014 call, with Demonstrative scope. The project consortium, led by FACSA, is also made up of AINIA, ESAMUR, IPROMA and CEBAS-CESIC.