Water Study Trip
The Water Study Trip took place on Wednesday 21 February. Here is the follow up homework task. This is for assessment: the final grade for the Environment Unit will be based on your work in the unit overall (75%) and with a 25% weighting on this final task.
Homework: Write a description of one of the places we visited on the water study trip and explain what you learned about this place regarding the supply or the use of water. Include a coloured pencil sketch of this place, with a clear title and labels.
9A had a full lesson to work on this task (22 February period 5) so just need to finish it off. They have other homework instructions to prepare their thoughts on the next unit, International Development.
You may find some of the photographs on this page helpful when making your sketch. In case you have lost it for any reason, the original handout can be opened from a Word document here: Water study handout
1. Photographs of the Hidraqua water treatment plant for Benidorm
2. Photographs of the historic water mill in Sella
3. Photographs of the 17th century dam at Relleu
The bus did not take us to the 17th century dam and reservoir on the river Amadorio at Relleu because the driver thought the two kilometre stretch of road to it was too narrow, so we had to cancel this part of our trip. We would have seen the oldest high dam of this type in Europe, built by Spanish military engineers. (See explanation below, from the interpretation panels at the site of the dam.)
This cross section of the Relleu dam shows why it was built at this point in the river: in the 17th century the technology only allowed for a narrow high dam.
The purpose of the reservoir was to provide water for crop irrigation and public use in La Vila Joiosa during times of drought, as the water cycle of the region has alternating periods of heavy seasonal rainfall punctuated by times of drought that may last several years.