Águas do Algarve is an affiliate of Águas de Portugal and is responsible for supplying drinking water to 15 municipalities including approximately 430,000 inhabitants in low season
and up to 1,200,000 in high season in the Algarve region (southern Portugal). Águas do Algarve runs four wastewater treatment plants (max. capacity of 6.5 m3/s) and a bulk supply system of more than 450 km of mains, pumping systems and reservoirs. It is also responsible for the operation and management of the Algarve Multi-Municipal Sanitation System. Aguas do Algarve has a laboratory that controls and guarantees the water quality supplied by Aguas do Algarve. Additionally, it controls the water from surface or underground sources and from the different stages of the water treatment plant process as well as water processed at the wastewater treatment plants and receiving environments. The laboratory performs ~ 150 000 water analysis per year and is accredited (ISO/IEC 17025) for 137 parameters, since 2006. Aguas do Algarve improved its internal culture in risk management through the implementation, in 2007, of the Water Safety Plan (also certified in ISO 22000) and obtained a Product Certification for the drinking water supplied. During the development and implementation of the Water Safety Plan emergency scenarios were optimized.
Role in project
Águas do Algarve, SA (AdA), water utility and laboratory, will serve as an usage case for the installation of water quality and operational parameters measurement equipment (including sensors). Additionally it will work on the implementation, learning and validation of the software developed within the context of the project as a decision-making tool for better management of water quality in drinking water systems and to achieve better protection and security for the water quality within the network.