Potable water supply quality controls
|Aqua-control, has the objective of acquiring the adequate tools to establish a system of quality indicators of the potable water supply system, in a way which will permit the adequate control of the quantities of water supplied into the water distribution system.
The aim is to improve the potable water system?s efficiencies thus improving the guarantee of supply and managing the resource, said AquaGib in a statement.
The present project is being undertaken by key contributors in the field of hydraulic resources belonging to the four member states in southeast Europe (SUDOE).
Spain: Diputacion Provincial de Castellon.
Spain: Consell Insular de Menorca, Diputacion Provincial de Malaga
France: Conseil General de l?Ariege
Portugal: Camara municipal Moura
Gibraltar: Government of Gibraltar in conjunction with AquaGib Ltd.
The principle activities being undertaken by this project are:
? Design a strategy for the determination of hydraulic parameters in relation to the supply of potable water within urban areas.
? Establish a procedure for the collection of data to ensure its permanence after the completion of the project.
? Initial analysis of data and the undertaking of measures in the control of the demand of the water resource.
? Final analysis of data and the determination of parameters for the design of water distribution systems.
? The creation of a new water culture.
Within the expected results the following are highlighted:
? The exact knowledge of hydraulic parameters within a procedure common to all members having a high transfer capability.
? The undertaking of a common database which is homogenous and prolonged into the future which will permit further study into the potable water resource and see its evolution through time.
? To establish the initial values for demand within the territorial area of the project, the detection of existing abnormal trends and the correction of these.
? The establishment of a solid base for the sustaining of water resources and in the control of potable water distribution systems in the SUDOE area.
? To promote the use of sustainable potable water resources by key contributors within the territory through the creation of a new water culture.
The project was initiated in April 2005 and will run for a period of two years. The budget for the Aqua-Control Project is Euros 874,818 of which the European Commission via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will contribute Euros 556,060. This represents 60% of the total project cost with the balance being met by the Associated Entities.
AquaGib?s contribution to the project:
The work being undertaken in Gibraltar will be at a cost of Euros 98,000.of which 60% will be funded by ERDF and the remaining 40% will be met by AquaGib Ltd. This will include the installation of a system of remote reading of customer meters of which 180 meters will be read remotely within a pilot scheme. The system will operate via a radio link between the water meter and a localised collector, which will then transmit meter readings to the AquaGib?s billing computer via a modem connection.
AquaGib representatives have been working together with the other partners with working meetings having been undertaken at the Diputacion Provincial de Castello, in Spain and at the Conseil General de l?Ariege, in France, said the AquaGib statement.