Watch the Vale Encantado Favela’s Sewage Treatment Biosystem and Solar Panel Launch [VIDEO]

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This English-subtitled video shows the launch day for the sewage treatment biosystem and solar energy system in the small community of Vale Encantado, in Alto da Boa Vista, in Rio de Janeiro. The event brought together 80 people, including Vale Encantado residents, community organizers from other Sustainable Favela Network* communities, public authorities, and journalists.

On June 4, an ecological sewage treatment system and a solar system were launched in the favela of Vale Encantado in Rio de Janeiro. The event began with a tour of the biosystem: participants were able to learn more about the collection network set up to serve all 27 homes, connecting their household wastewater to a biodigester. The material in the biodigester is broken down to generate biogas, and the remaining liquid goes through a root zone filtering system.

After seeing how the biosystem works, the next stop was the headquarters of the Vale Encantado Cooperative, which received a solar energy system. Community residents were trained and participated in the installation of the solar panels. The system is integrated with the regular electrical grid, producing clean energy that goes back into the main network to generate savings on electric bills.

The Vale Encantado Cooperative is an organization that creates employment and income for residents through sustainable tourism and local cuisine. Abundant in the region, jackfruit is the most common ingredient in Vale’s recipes, creating traditional Brazilian delicacies such as “coxinha,” “bobó,” and mock codfish fillings. Participants in the day’s activities had the opportunity to taste a few of these dishes.

A laboratory of sustainable practices, Vale Encantado is an inspiration for other communities. The process of building the sanitation and energy systems was recorded in the video Is Rio de Janeiro’s Cleanest Sewage in the Favela?, which was shown during the event. The launch’s press conference led to coverage across Brazilian and global media:

  1. O Dia Rio’s Cleanest Sewage Comes from a Favela!
  2. UOL: Ecoa Por Um Mundo Melhor A Favela Offers the Solution
  3. O Globo: Um Só Planeta Rio Favela Develops its Own System to Treat Sewage Sustainably
  4. Rádio Roquete Pinto Launching of Biosystem and Solar Panel in Vale Encantado
  5. CCTV (TV chinesa em chinês) World Environment Day: A Sustainable Path for Brazil’s Favelas
  6. CGTN (TV chinesa em inglês) A Favela Has the Cleanest Sewage in Rio de Janeiro
  7. Extra Rio Favela Develops its Own System to Treat Sewage Sustainably
  8. TVT Rio Community Creates Sustainable Solution for Sewage Problem
  9. Radio France Internationale Alto da Boa Vista Residents Build a Sustainable Community
  10. O Globo: Bom Dia Rio! Alto da Boa Vista Residents Build a Sustainable Community
  11. Latin American Bureau Building Self-sufficient Communities in Rio’s Favelas
  12. Folha de São Paulo Favelas Create Projects Against Climate Change
  13. BBC Brasil How a Small Favela in Rio de Janeiro Built its Own Sewerage System
  14. Click Petróleo e Gás Rio de Janeiro Sets up its Own System to Treat Sewage Sustainably
  15. Associated Press: How a Favela in Rio Got its Clean Water Back, for $42,300

The ecological sanitation system was built in a collaborative effort between several organizations: the Vale Encantado Cooperative, Taboa Engineering, Catalytic Communities, FAPERJ, Viva con Agua, Institute for Climate and Society, and the Environment in Motion Institute. The solar energy system was a joint effort of the Vale Encantado Cooperative, Solarize Training, Catalytic Communities, Institute for Climate and Society, Ecori Solar, and Almax Energy.

The Vale Encantado Cooperative is one of the 120 socio-environmental project members of the Sustainable Favela Network, which organized the launch of the biosystem and solar panels. The Network is made up of community organizers, technical allies, and partner organizations from numerous communities across the Greater Rio metropolitan area. Join today!

Watch the English-Subtitled Video of the Launch Event Here.

Don’t miss the photo album below, or click here to view it on Flickr:

*The Sustainable Favela Network and RioOnWatch are both projects of Catalytic Communities (CatComm).

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