20 new applications from Algarve Municipalities approved to reduce water losses in networks

Investment of 16,8 million euros, paid by the PRR

Another 20 applications from Algarve municipalities to reduce water losses in supply networks were approved today, announced the Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL).

This is an investment of around 16,8 million euros, within the scope of Measure SM1 – Reducing Water Losses in the Urban Sector, paid for by the Recovery and Resilience Program (PRR).

The 20 new applications that received the green light are in the municipalities of Albufeira, Castro Marim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, São Brás Alportel and Silves, and concern the renewal of sections of pipelines «with high levels of real water losses», highlights AMAL.

Through Measure SM1, three notices have already been issued and 53 applications have been approved, corresponding to 42,10 million euros and 157 contracts and acquisitions of services. In the vast majority of cases, works are ongoing.

Measure SM1 integrates three aspects: requalification of water supply networks, installation of measurement and control areas and creation of controlled pressure zones.

At the end of its execution, by 2026, it is expected that 125 kilometers of the declining water supply network will be rehabilitated and that “it will contribute to a reduction of 2hm3 in the demand for water in natural systems”, that is, that losses in 2 cubic hectometers, avoiding the waste of that water.

Applications submitted within the scope of this measure are analyzed and approved by a Management Committee, which includes elements from the Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL), the Administration of the Algarve Hydrographic Region – Portuguese Environment Agency (ARH-Algarve/ APA) and the University of Algarve.


This measure is part of the Water Efficiency Plan in the Algarve, which is part of the PRR, is coordinated by the Portuguese Environment Agency, through the Administration of the Algarve Hydrographic Region, and consists of six measures:

· SM1 – Reduce water losses in the urban sector (responsibility of AMAL)

· SM2 – Reduce water losses and increase efficiency in the agricultural sector (under the responsibility of DGADR/Environmental Fund)

· SM3 – Strengthen the governance of water resources (under the responsibility of APA – ARH Algarve)

· SM4 – Promote the use of Treated Waste Water (under the responsibility of Águas do Algarve)

· SM5 – Increase the available capacity and resilience of existing reservoirs/high water supply systems and reinforce with new water sources (under the responsibility of Águas do Algarve)

· SM6 – Promote the desalination of seawater (under the responsibility of Águas do Algarve)


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