The urban water cycle, which includes the collection, treatment, transportation and distribution (SAA) and drainage and waste water treatment (SDTAR), is one of the most costly elements of urban infrastructure, accounting for up to 50% of the its value. Thus, considering the physical and financial effort of these structures, as well as their relevance in the populations’ health and quality of life, it is essential that they are effectively and efficiently managed.
In the context of its activities and objectives, Aquamundam presented a set of methodologies to support good practices in water service companies, related to the fight against leakages and losses in water supply systems and to the undue influxes of residual water in the water drainage systems.
In it, we can find two big chapters: “Plans to fight leaks and losses” and “Plans to combat undue influxes or parasitic flows”. In relation to the first one, the focus is placed on the importance of the efficiency of water supply systems, and on the various actions that can be put in place to ensure that efficiency. In the second chapter, on the other hand, the emphasis is placed on soil infiltrations and undue surface runoff for drainage nets.
The document is available in PDF format on the Aquamundam project website and can be downloaded through the following link: http://www.aquamundam.eu/?page_id=928.