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LIFE CERSUDS Ceramic Flooring System Started First Tests

The Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC) as coordinator of the LIFE CERSUDS Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System project, brought together all the participants in this initiative whose objective is, according to Javier Mira, head of ITC’s Habitat Area and principal investigator of the project.

The scope of the project is to develop an urban Sustainable Drainage System (SUDS) that uses ceramic material of low commercial value as a paving filtering system in order to improve the ability of cities to adapt to climate change and promote the use of green infrastructures in urban development plans of municipalities.
The SUDS will be implemented in 2018 on the Torre San Vicent street, opposite the sports centre in the town of Benicàssim, Castellón/ES, which has an important tourist activity. The first street test of the system was installed in an area close to the demonstrator. The new system consists of a permeable surface made of ceramic pieces of low commercial value that, practically in a handmade way, have been cut and piled up forming this innovative system that will help to collect the excess water coming from torrential waters, and that later can be reused for the irrigation of landscaped areas. The members of the LIFE CERSUDS team have several challenges ahead of them and until 2019, for example, that this demonstrator should serve as an example to show that flooding caused by torrential rains can be reduced by increasing permeable surfaces in cities, and that it is possible to reuse stored water during the rainy season for its use in periods of drought, in addition to integrating rainwater treatment into the urban landscape. In addition, and among many other object­ives, LIFE CERSUDS aims to protect water quality, reducing the effects of diffuse pollution and thus avoiding problems in sewage treatment plants, also reducing CO2 emissions associated with the manufacture of paving materials, since the material used for this purpose is ceramic material in stock and with low commercial value.
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