Hidraqua has bet since its inception on the digital transformation of its management with the aim of being more sustainable, efficient and offering a better service to citizens. However, to protect a resource as scarce as water, and more so in the southeast of Spain, it is necessary for all actors to intervene in the sustainability of the resource, and this includes all citizens. “Teaching how to value water is essential to make sustainable use of it,” says Alfonso Huedo, Sustainable Development technician at Hidraqua.
“In this way, part of Hidraqua’s efforts are focused on contributing to quality environmental education that promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection. It is a commitment of Hidraqua within the 2030 Agenda to contribute to the fulfillment of SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and SDG 4 Quality Education. For this purpose it is necessary to strengthen alliances and collaborations with Primary and Secondary schools ”, he adds.
Huedo has been working in the water sector for more than 20 years, in areas such as Operations, Customers, Communication and Marketing and Sustainable Development. In fact, he was one of the promoters of the first educational program that has evolved and digitized over the years and has accelerated as a result of the pandemic. The free educational program has become 100% digital in order to continue offering this training in which more than 9,000 schoolchildren from all over the Valencian Community participate each year.
“In 2007 we designed Gotagotham, dive into the world of water, an animation video that explained to primary school children the natural and urban water cycle, which was complemented by workshops and interactive games that Hidraqua monitors carried out in the classrooms of educational centers ”.
Educational systems evolve and as a result of this progress, in 2014 Aquology was born, the educational program designed and developed through the SUEZ School of Water. An environmental education program, aimed at primary school students, in which water is presented from a perspective consistent with the challenges and opportunities of the current and future world. Its methodology based on participation and interactivity is conceived as a support element for teachers within the subject of Sciences.
As a result of the pandemic, the company has launched Aqualogía 2.0, a tool that allows access to all content and didactic resources through a digital platform designed for projection in the classroom or to be carried out from home through the digital campus. from the educative centre. “Likewise, this evolution has been used to update and expand some content related to the climate emergency”, Huedo highlights.
Version 2.0 has didactic guides aimed at teachers with educational material such as videos, stories and interactive games focused on each course. Students can navigate and discover sheets with guided experiments to carry out with common materials at home or in the school itself. Other new features are direct access to pedagogical advice and a calendar with the programming of activities and information of interest related to the educational program.
The success of the program is to ensure that students end the session with sufficient knowledge to understand water management in their municipality, what are the causes and consequences of climate change, the importance of protecting the environment and how to make responsible use of water. Water.
In addition, Hidraqua offers guided visits to some of the company’s operating centers, such as treatment plants, water treatment plants and laboratories. “Before the limitations caused by COVID, we received in our facilities more than 500 people each year and more than 6,000 visited the museums and nature interpretation centers in which Hidraqua and its affiliated companies collaborate. Our goal now is to continue betting on virtual visits that allow us to continue to bring citizens closer to the importance of caring for water, respecting the environment and contributing to the fight against climate change ”.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.