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ACCIONA Agua manages the Integrated Water Cycle of two Human Heritage Cities

04/26/2012

The Spanish cities of Caceres and Ubeda, both declared World Heritage Cities, are also municipalities where ACCIONA Agua manages the Integrated Water Cycle.

The Spanish cities of Caceres and Ubeda, both declared World Heritage Cities, are also municipalities where ACCIONA Agua manages the Integrated Water Cycle.

ACCIONA Agua will run Ubeda's public drinkingwater services for at least 25 years

Ubeda city council, in the Spanish province of Jaen, selected ACCIONA Agua to handle its municipal services for residential drinking water, the sewer system and wastewater treatment.

ACCIONA will make cuttingedge technology available to its users

The brief calls for management of proprietary water capture (San Bartolomé), distribution and maintenance of drinking water, maintenance of 106km of sewers, three compact WTPs (Donadío, Solano and Veracruz), storage of 18,710 m3 drinking water and a planned WTP with a daily capacity of 12,696 m3 with tertiary processing for reuse of water for irrigation. All of these infrastructures service a population of 35.649. The project will run for a 25-year period requiring an investment of one million euros in infrastructures and 750,000 euros in technological innovation.

As well as in Ubeda, as of January 2012 ACCIONA Agua runs the municipal services for residential drinking water, the sewer system and wastewater treatment for the city of Caceres.

By taking on this contract ACCIONA Agua has set itself a clear priority, which is none other than to deliver an excellent service for the people of Caceres. The Company has undertaken to improve environmental conditions by reducing water capture, optimizing the performance of the networks and applying active training and awareness policies to get end-users to "use only the water they need".

ACCIONA will make available to its users cutting-edge technologies applied to customer management and plant and network operation and use the very latest resources and special vehicles.As the manager of the new Caceres service, Cayetano Cases, states "the water in Caceres is excellent, but we can improve on it; ACCIONA is faced with the challenge of consolidating a new way of working, one which will benefit the people of Caceres while showing the utmost respect for the environment".

Innovation in Caceres

ACCIONA has taken on a commitment to the people of Caceres to use cutting-edge technological innovation to manage the integrated water cycle:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to draw up an accurate map of the ground below the asphalt, and to obtain detailed information on the mesh of drinking water pipelines, pipe diameters and their quality and materials. It is worth noting that Caceres has 319km of pipelines-more than the distance separating Caceres and Madrid.

Night-time water networks leakage detection using microphones that pick up and record sounds made by leakage and then pinpoint leakage points accurately, avoiding potential and imminent faults and failure.
In addition, ACCIONA will carry out improvement work on pipelines and start to clean out wastewater pipes; it will also use remote control equipment to take pressure readings and check chlorine levels.

 

Human Heritage Cities

Caceres has been a Human Heritage City for the past 26 years and is Europe's third most important monumental site. This land, which was inhabited as early as the Late Stone Age, mirrors the different stages of the development of mankind and history: Romans, Almohads, Jews, Portuguese, Castilians… Each one had its own culture and religion which came together and combined in Caceres leaving behind an incomparable historic and cultural heritage. Ubeda was declared a Human Heritage City in 2003. Its catalog of cultural jewels includes Renaissance art and architecture on a par with the best in Italy, living in perfect harmony with the city's many Romanesque and Baroque treasures.

 

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