Águas do Algarve delivers Environmental Impact Study for the Pomarão Solution

The project envisages the construction of a surface water catchment in the estuarine area of ​​the Guadiana river, north of the village of Mesquita, upstream of Pomarão

Pomarão – Photo: Hélder Santos | Sul Informação - File

The company Águas do Algarve has already submitted, for consideration by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) for the work to reinforce the water supply – solution for the water intake in Pomarão.

The project envisages the construction of a surface water catchment in the estuarine area of ​​the Guadiana river, north of the village of Mesquita, upstream of Pomarão.

According to Águas do Algarve, “from the catchment, a pipeline will be developed to the Odeleite reservoir, where the captured water will be returned. The pipeline layout has three alternatives (one of them with two variants), which run through the municipalities of Mértola, Alcoutim and Castro Marim».

This is one of the measures financed under the Recovery and Resilience Plan for water management in the Algarve, with an investment of around 61,5 million euros.

After the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be carried out by the EIA authority, the issuance of the Environmental Impact Statement (DIA) is expected, which will allow moving forward to the contract tender.

The basic orientation «corresponds to capturing in Pomarão, where the waters will no longer be influenced by the saline wedge, a flow of 2 m3/s during 4 months and 1 m3/s during another 4 months of the year, in order to transfer a volume annual maximum of 30 hm3 for the Odeleite-Beliche system, which serves as the source of water for urban supply to the multi-municipal system in the Algarve and for irrigation in the Sotavento Algarvio», says Águas do Algarve.

This project is part of the Algarve Regional Water Efficiency Plan, being one of the Investments foreseen in Component C09 – Water Management of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR).

 



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