The students of the subject of Environmental Technology of the Degree of Chemical Engineering (3rd year) have made a field visit to the EDAR of Cádiz-San Fernando and to the facilities of the La Clica Navy in La Carraca. The visits to facilities are considered in this subject as a very important part of the training of students, because in them they can see first hand the environmental problems, technological solutions and the management carried out by the professionals in charge of it.
In the first visit, the students have learned about the operation and characteristics of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Cádiz-San Fernando, which purifies the wastewater of these two populations. They have been able to know the characteristics of wastewater, water and sludge treatment lines and the operations and equipment that contribute to the wastewater being transformed into purified effluents. As a result, the quality of the coastal waters of these cities is not adversely affected by the strong human pressure they experience. This visit is usually done every year.
During the second visit, and for the first time, the military installation of La Carraca was visited in San Fernando. In a part of this installation the European project BIOXISOIL (LIFE) is being developed, which consists of combining different technologies for decontamination of contaminated soils through the techniques of: biostimulation, phytoremediation and chemical oxidation by Fenton reaction. The plot under study is affected by contamination of diesel fuel from old storage tanks that have already been removed. The students were able to verify the excellent results of the works that are being developed in the area and to observe the model and exhibition posters of the enclosure. The presentation of the project was made by Lieutenant D. Manuel Goma, who was accompanied by the Lieutenant Juan Manuel García. The Colonel of the installation Miguel Antonio Flores thanked the students of the University of Cadiz to approach La Carraca to get to know the BIOXISOIL project and instructed Professor Juan Antonio López to make the visit again next year.