Apa Nova Bucuresti
The Arcuda Plant
On December 4th, 2012, all the students from 6ème A went to visit the Arcuda drinking water treatment and water plant with our English teacher. We were welcomed there by Adrian Stanciu, the Production Manager of the Arcuda Plant, who was our guide during the entire visit. He gave us a lot of information about the plant and he also answered all our questions.
Here is what we have learned during that visit.
OUR VISIT TO THE ARCUDA DRINKING WATER TREATMENT AND WATER PLANT
Apa Nova supplies Bucharest with water. The water used to produce the drinking water supplied in Bucharest comes from the Argeş and the Dâmboviţa rivers. The river Dâmboviţa supplies Arcuda with water and the Argeş river supplies Roșu and Crivina. This water is then treated in one of the three Apa Nova water and treatment plants: Roșu, Crivina and Arcuda plants.
The Crivina drinking water treatment and water plant: it is the newest Apa Nova plant which supplies drinking water for the inhabitants of Bucharest. It has been producing drinking water for the inhabitants of Bucharest since July 2006.Its production capacity is 3m3/s, which is 259,000 m” per day. The water treatment process includes among the classical phases, stages such as water ozonization and powdered activated carbon treatment.
The Arcuda drinking water treatment and water plant: the works started in the Arcuda Plant in 1882, so this plant has existed for 130 years. It is now able to produce up to 745,000 m3 of drinking water according to the Romanian and the European standards. It produces inexpensive water because water is not pumped so, no electricity is used.
In 1882, the municipal Council decided to bring water from the Arcuda zone to the Cotroceni tank (in Bucharest), through a 1,200 mm sized aqueduct.
Then, in 1882 the Arcuda station begins to be built in Arcuda village (which is next to Bucharest).
In 1887, some water pipes were installed on Calea Victoriei and Nicolae Balcescu Avenues (very important avenues in Bucharest).
In 1926 and 1927, the Arcuda station is modernized with installations of clearing and pre-clearing of water.
As the city of Bucharest developed, the plant went through successive rehabilitations aimed mainly at increasing the production capacity from 40,000 m3/day in the first years to 745,000 m3/day in 1988.
The last modernization stage took place in 2006 and thanks to this modernization stage, the Arcuda plant is now able to produce up to 600,000 m3 of drinking water daily (the water produced is produced according to the current Romanian and European standards.
More information about the Arcuda drinking water treatment and water plant
The Arcuda station is located in Arcuda village next to Bucharest.
In 2006, the Arcuda station has finished to be modernized.
Arcuda has 7 stations of water pumping, 4 decanters and 26 filters.
The technological process for drinking water includes the following treatment network:
- raw water catchment from the Dâmboviţa river
- water treatment with coagulant
- pH correction with acid
- water decantation
- water filtering
- water disinfection
Apa Nova has managed to include the preserved habitats in over the 120 years of the plant existence into a Biodiversity Preservation Project.
The Arcuda Plant is on a land of 150 ha :
- half of it is intended for the systems of turning raw water into drinking water
- the other half houses natural habitats such as meadow forest, meadow lawns, areas with aquatic vegetation, wetlands and wet meadows.
- You can find there different types of batrachians, a specific flora, rare plants (for example, you can find there a special clover that cannot be found anywhere else in Romania).
WORLD WATER DAY
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
World Water Day has been celebrated worldwide since 1993.
This year, Apa Nova celebrated that day with the Bucharest University of Hydrotechnics on Saturday, March 23rd, between 11 am to 2 pm, at the Herastrau Park, in Bucharest. Nine students from our class came to participate to this event.
The event started with a drawing contest. At 11 am, there was a contest for the younger children and then at 12 am, there was another drawing contest for all age categories. The topic of the drawing contest was water and children had half an hour to draw on the floor what came to their mind (they had to use pieces of color chalk). Petru, from our class, got the first prize for his very nice drawing. He received a nice gift and was also interviewed by Radio Romania. Each student received a book as a participation prize for his drawing. Next, there was a dance show with semi-professional dancers. Then, there were sport contests: basket ball games and football games: two students from our group got the first prizes: Luca and Victor. During the whole celebration, there were mini-games about the water cycle and also about the treatment of water. There was also a woman who could paint your face with water drawings. She painted nice fish or other things linked to water. Some girls from our class had their faces painted.
All the people who were there were happy to celebrate that wonderful day. The Aquarium was nearby. We went to visit it. Inside the aquarium, there were colorful fish species (including a baby shark).
We all enjoyed that nice celebration of the World Water Day.
The Roșu drinking water treatment and water plant: it delivers 300,000 m3 daily to Bucharest and its capacity may be increased if required to 520,000 m3. It was built in 1970 and has totally been revamped ever since 2002. The plant is equipped with a treatment facility that can produce drinking water according to the Romanian and the European standards.
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VIDEO about Biodiversity
at ARCUDA WATER PLANT
VIDEO about our visit to the ARCUDA WATER PLANT
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“Water is very important
Even for an ant
Without it, there is no life,
You cannot cut it with a knife
The water we drink once met the sea
And the horizon it could see.”
save our future …”
Round and round,
From the sky,
To the ground,
In a cycle,
You can't see,
Water comes to you and me!
Evaporation is a start,
But it's not the only part,
From sea to sky,
But leaves enough to float in boats!
In the sky,
Like fish form schools,
Condensation makes it dense,
Like dollars have one hundred cents!
Then it falls, precipitation!
It's like group participation...
Rain and hail,
Sleet and snow,
Plants can grow...
Fills up lakes, and streams, and seas,
We can drink it as we please,
Water used to brush our teeth,
Water wets the coral reef!
Water, water, what we need,
We need water to succeed,
And water cycle keeps it fresh,
Water cycle, you're the best!
We love water …
We love water
Exactly like our teacher does
We drink it
We use it to wash dishes
And there are all our wishes.
Water means life
And we don’t have five of them
So let’s love it
Better than next.
Our life is colourful
So, let’s love water, exactly like Victor.
Zhangirkhan N. and Victor L.
“Without water, we will live in a huge desert
H2O is one of the rare things you cannot buy
But that you can save.
I try to reduce my daily use of water
But a single flower doesn’t bring spring
To save our plante, everyone must contribute!”