Boom Festival invests 175 thousand euros in a basin to retain and treat wastewater

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The Boom Festival, in Idanha-a-Nova, has invested 175 thousand euros in the construction of a waterproofed retention basin, to store all the water coming from the showers, which will then be treated in three floating islands, through macrophyte plants.

Education and sustainable practices are one of the hallmarks of Boom Festival, which, for the eighth consecutive edition, was distinguished with the “Greener Festival Award”, an international prize that rewards exemplary events for the industry through its sustainability practices.

The organization, which has chosen “Radical Love” as the theme for the 14th edition of the event, to be held between July 20 and 27, at the Granja estate in Idanha-a-Nova, district of Castelo Branco, is aware of environmental problems and has carried out a series of measures to reduce water consumption.

“We imposed a time limitation for showers and equipped the drinking fountains with timed taps and flow reducer. This way we managed that each participant consumed, on average, 25 liters of water per day, during a period of eight days”, explained to Lusa agency, José Mateus, executive producer for the environment and sustainability area of Boom Festival.

The retention basin will also receive aerators and specific enzymes for wastewater treatment.

“The introduction of these components in the water retention basin will complete the system for the recovery of wastewater, which already has a phyto-jet for the treatment of wastewater from the production village (canteen and showers) after passing through grease filtration,” he added.

In this way, another cycle is closed that makes it possible to reuse a large part of the effluent water from the festival.

“After we perform rigorous analyses it is intended to use this water for irrigation,” he concluded.

Artur Mendes, a member of the organization, emphasized that the investment in Boom’s sustainability is not occasional “it’s part of our reason for being.

“This year as in the previous one, water and waste management are receiving our attention and utmost care. Reducing waste and lowering water consumption are two fundamental concerns, two priorities,” he stressed.

This responsible emphasized that water is today a structural problem of the country, “in fact it is an Iberian problem that has to be faced with investments and the maximum of seriousness”.

“Our retention basin with a capacity for seven million liters of water is an example of how to reuse water from showers and, after treatment, for irrigation or to serve as a fire reserve,” he stressed.

Artur Mendes also underlined that this was an investment made, exclusively, with own capital and it is unique in festivals in the country.

“We don’t make temporary investments. What we do, stays,” he concluded.

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