HIDROGEODIA 2018, on the occasion of World Water Day, organizes a free guided tour: "Rec Comtal, the water path"

Taking as an example the celebration of Los Geolodías, the Foundation International Center of Underground Hydrology-FCIHS, with the collaboration of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Aguas de Barcelona-AGBAR, Consortium Besòs and the Town Hall of Montcada i Reixac and under the coordination of the International Association of Hydrogeologists-Spanish Group AIH-GE, organizes the 2nd Edition HIDROGEODÍA 2018, entitled "Rec Comtal, the water path". First itinerary of Montcada i Reixac to Baró de Viver, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in the province of Barcelona. The Hidrogeodías aim to bring society closer to hydrogeology and the profession of the hydrogeologist and consist in a guided visit by hydrogeologists, totally free upon registration and open to all types of public. The team of hydrogeologists that will guide the visit is formed by the researcher of the IDAEA-CSIC Enric Vázquez-Suñé and the professors of the Teaching Committee of the postgraduate course "International Course of Underground Hydrology-CIHS".


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Planned program

09:30 Start Concentration in the Plaza Lluís Companys de Montcada i Reixac.
How to get? Renfe line R2, Montcada i Reixac Station(at 250 m) or Renfe line R4, Montcada-Manresa Station (at 500 m)
09:45 First stop At the Bridge of La Roca - Montcada i Reixac (500 m) on the Besòs River we start this first itinerary.
Introduction to Hidrogeodía 2018: Rec Comtal, the water path.
10:30 Second stop In the House of the Mine in the Parc de les Aigües of Montcada i Reixac (at 1,000 m). Old canalization, built in the Middle Ages taking advantage of a Roman water route next to the Besòs river that transported water, by the force of gravity, from Montcada to the sea in Barcelona city. In the House of the Mine is the Old Mine, built by the architect Joan Soler i Faneca, which channels the ground water of the Besòs river to the Reixagó, the mouth where it comes to the surface.
11:00 Third stop The House of Water - Montcada i Reixac (200 m). In Barcelona, in 1878, the drought is extreme, and insufficient water supply, the flow of Rec Comtal has been greatly reduced. An emergency solution is needed. The authorities commissioned the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias to build an extraction and pumping station for the water of the Besòs river.
The complex is built quickly and will work effectively for a hundred years, until the contamination of the aquifers will force it to close.
13:00 Fourth stop Agbar Pumping Station - Besòs (at 1,500 m)
14:00 End Subway line 1, red line, Baró de Viver Station (at 1,500 m)




Attendance at the 2nd Edition of HIDROGEODÍA 2018 Barcelona is free, but prior registration is required by sending an email to Margarida Valverde - FCIHS gerencia@fcihs.org, before March 15, 2018, limited places. The organization will subsequently send confirmation of registration.

Note for attendees: Hidrogeodía 2018 - 2nd Edition Barcelona is a free activity and open to all types of public that takes place outdoors. Attendees voluntarily assume the possible risks of the activity and, as a result, exempt the organization from any damage or harm that may occur in the development of it.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and the mid-morning snack and water.


Visita guiada
Monday, 12 March 2018