AQUAMUNDAM presents its results for a sustainable management of the integral water cycle in Spain and Portugal

  • THIS CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION INITIATIVE STARTED IN 2017
  • THE WORK CARRIED OUT WAS PROMOTED BY THE INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE GALICIA (ITG), AUGAS DE GALICIA, CONFEDERACIÓN HIDROGRÁFICA DEL DUERO, CARTIF, INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES (IPN) AND CIM ALTO MINHO
  • ALLOWED TO KNOW IN DETAIL THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WATER CYCLE AND IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE IN THE SUPPLY AND SANITATION NETWORKS OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED MUNICIPALITIES

The AQUAMUNDAM cross-border cooperation initiative between Spain and Portugal was born in 2017 to promote solutions aimed at enabling an integrated and sustainable water management, presented its conclusions at a final conference held online.

The initial objectives of identifying the existing needs in the integrated water cycle of small and medium-sized municipalities, to provide tools to the main actors related to water management and demonstrate the efficiency of integrated water cycle management, have been demonstrated through three pilot experiments developed in Noia (Galicia), Flores de Ávila (Castlela y León) and Alto Minho (North of Portugal).

The first case study presented was Noia’s, a city with 15.000 inhabitants in the province of A Coruña, with the title “Improvement of the integrated water cycle: master plan for sanitation and monitoring of the supply network.” The presentation focused on the development of its Sanitation Master Plan managed by Augas de Galicia. From the initial stage of situation analysis to the development of the numerical model of the network and the final conclusions, that served as baseline for the proposed actions and strategies. In the same way, the work carried out in the supply network of the municipality, which included both their scanning and the implementation of a LoRaWAN network to monitor the information of the general network counters and the smart counters installed in the old town.

The second case study presented was the pilot implemented in Flores de Ávila, entitled “Natural-based solutions for wastewater treatment and implementation of digital tools for water management in small municipalities.” Led by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero, this presentation exhibited the design, construction and follow-up actions carried out in this artificial wetland. Conclusions obtained on its viability as a natural solution for water purification in small towns were also presented.

Thirdly, the case study presented was conducted by the Intermunicipal Community of Alto Minho, detailing the actions carried out in the supply and sanitation networks in the localities of Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima and Caminha. The creation of a measurement and control area in Ursulinas (Viana do Castelo) was explained by installing network monitoring equipment and portable leak-in-and-out equipment. In line with this, it were presented the keys to the development of an action plan for rainflow control in sanitation systems and an optimization study carried out for the distribution network of Trovela (Ponte de Lima).

Later, engineers from the Technological Institute of Galicia (ITG) presented the functionality of the information system developed under AQUAMUNDAM. A software that allows to advance the digitization of the management and control of supply and sanitation networks, through asset management and network modeling, operation and maintenance, monitoring and control of integral water cycle infrastructure scans in medium-sized municipalities.

To end the day, the round table moderated by the Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN) and made up of all the partners of this initiative at European level, allowed to deepen the conclusions obtained in these four years of joint work, at the same time contributing its vision on current issues and future opportunities in the water sector.