‘This pilot is related to the Porto Metropolitan Area and the “Rio Tinto Ecological Trail”. The project aims to define a joint plan action for the rehabilitation of the Tinto River. It is an atypical case, selected because odour is a fundamental parameter that can diagnose and be used to track other environmental problems such us illegal discharges.
Currently, the Rio Tinto river presents serious pollution problems with sources mainly in the Ermesinde city. There are clandestine discharge sewers in the head of the river and suspected infiltration of untreated water from the landfill (also closed) and of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Rio Tinto City. All these factors have contributed to high levels of pollution in the river.’
‘The barrier found so far is the engagement of the population, as elderly demographics cannot use app. We planned to carry out actions to publicize the project with the population between March and September 2020. This publicity did not happen, due to the lockdown enforced in Portugal at the time. We are trying to find alternatives but the population is, understandably, concerned with the pandemic, and not with the odours of the river.
It is difficult to hold high expectations about the resolution of the reported problems. However, we are working to provide online training for the population, chamber inspectors, teachers, in the upcoming months.’