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LEGISLATIVE AND FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK FOR DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL SEWERAGE SYSTEMS IN VALENCIAN COMMUNITY (SPAIN)

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Since 1993,  the Valencian Regional Government enjoys a financing tool, which at that time was the first in Spain and inspired many other similar ways to finance sanitation water services in Spain. This Canon is really an environmental tax because it pursuits the improvement and  the conservation status of the Environment of the Valencian Community. For spilling control, the Public Entity for Waste Water Sanitation of the Regional Government of Valencia designs spilling plans for those towns with an important industrial sector. Once the Plan is done and permanent and momentary sample taking apparatus are installed, the control is carried out by the City Council, reporting to the Public Entity.

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RISE: a student programme to train rural contractors

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R.I.S.E. Association is affiliated to Tsinghua university promoting Rural International Student Exchange. A team of International and Chinese graduate students from the School of Environment was formed in order to apply their knowledge and skills for sustainable development. The goal is to provide technology transfer and educational support in rural areas of China.

Our first project is to propose the use biosand filters for safe domestic drinking water as an alternative to boiling or drinking untreated water.

Our training the trainers approach is to

1) Develop a comprehensive training program for trainers (Rural entrepreneurs)

2) Train Tsinghua University students and Non-Profit Organizations from target rural areas for project dissemination.

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