The Area of Sustainable Development and Fight against Climate Change of the Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Insular Water Council (Ciatf), will install input and output meters and their corresponding remote control in 93 urban water supply tanks in the 12 municipalities of the island who have direct management of their water resources, an investment of around 2.2 million.
The island councilor Javier Rodríguez Medina explains in a note that with this initiative they are going to get the municipalities to control the hydraulic performance of the system “to reduce as much as possible the losses of drinking water.”
The island’s municipalities that will benefit from this measure are Santa Úrsula, La Victoria, La Matanza, La Guancha, San Juan de la Rambla, Fasnia, Vilaflor, Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos, Garachico, El Tanque and El Rosario.
This action will involve installation of the order of 200 large diameter meters (entry and exit) and the remote control implantation, which has already been awarded and whose Works will begin in a month with a completion period of 14 months and one investment of more than 2.2 million euros.
Rodríguez Medina explains that what is involved is “having real-time information on the flows that are being recorded, so that there will be a control and diagnosis of the reservoirs to improve the water management of these municipalities and thus be fast in solving leaks and water losses “.
The counselor also stresses that this action will address the “critical situation” that occurs in these municipalities, all with low hydraulic performance, where in some cases more than 60% of their water is lost in the network itself.
Along these lines, it indicates that the objective is to increase the efficiency of the service to 75%, “which will lead to savings of more than three million euros per year in the total of the 12 municipalities, which will also improve other services that they are provided from the city councils, since they will be able to destine that saving to other areas “.
The counselor highlights the involvement of the Ciatf “because even though the supply of drinking water is a purely municipal issue, it is essential to provide technical advice and invest economic resources because the insular aquifer is a communicating vessel and management has to respond to a comprehensive and global strategy “.