Given the favourable evolution of the weather conditions since the pollution episode was declared on Thursday 12 August, the Government of Catalonia's Directorate General for Environmental Quality has deactivated measures in place for high levels of PM10 as of Tuesday 17 August.
The Government of Catalonia’s Directorate General for Environmental Quality has deactivated measures in place for high levels of PM10 in the Barcelona area, as of Tuesday 17 August.
Levels of PM10 dropped yesterday at the stations belonging to the Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Forecast Network (XVPCA), and weather forecasts are favourable.
Municipal operation deactivated
Now that the level of pollutants in the air has dropped, Barcelona deactivated a series of temporary measures on 17 August, provided for under the action protocol for high levels of atmospheric pollution for the duration of the episode. These measures were as follows:
- Watering parks and unpaved squares.
- Increased water of streets with ground water.
- Ban on use of air-sweepers for cleaning tasks and in green areas.
- Ban on dusty work activities.
What are PM10 and where do they come from?
Suspended particles under 10 microns in size are small solid or liquid particles that float in the air. Up to 40% of these particles are generated by vehicle engines, tyres and brakes. The rest comes from dust from public works and demolitions and possibly even Saharan dust clouds.