Canal de Isabel II commemorates the 160th anniversary since water was received in the city of Madrid from the Lozoya River - Canal de Isabel II commemorates the 160th anniversary since water was received in the city of Madrid from the Lozoya River
Canal de Isabel II commemorates the 160th anniversary since water was received in the city of Madrid from the Lozoya River
Today, the vice-chairman of the Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, visited the Pontón de la Oliva, the first dam to supply the capital with water
• The company has organised guided tours to the Pontón de la Oliva dam on 23 and 24 June for visitors to discover part of its history
• Water conveyance enabled Madrid, which was experiencing serious water supply problems, to grow and tackle the industrial revolution
The Regional Minister of Presidency, Vice-President and Spokesperson for the Regional Government of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, visited the Pontón de la Oliva dam today. This infrastructure forms part of the water conveyance project to supply Madrid with water, designed by the engineers Rafo and Ribera and which will celebrate its 160th anniversary next Sunday 24 June.
This vast 19th century engineering project enabled Madrid to address is water supply problems and to reach to the level of other European capitals. At the time, the construction of the dam and channel was the largest hydraulic project in Europe. The series of infrastructures forming part of the project, despite appearing to be rather fantastic at the time, had such a forward-thinking approach that some of the original facilities are still working today.
To commemorate this historic date, Canal has prepared a series of guided tours to the Pontón de la Oliva dam, the first infraestructure of the initial Canal de Isabel II, for next weekend: the mornings of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, this historic dam, standing 27 metres high, can be visited. Registration for this activity is free of charge and can be submitted via the Canal website. Tickets are limited and shall be granted in order of registration.
The Pontón de la Oliva dam, on which thousands of labourers and even prisoners worked over a period of seven years, was barely in service for 20 years as a result of filtrations, but it enabled water from the Lozoya River to reach the capital after following a 77-kilometre route and being carried by 29 aqueducts, to solve the urgent supply and health problems of the capital, which prevented the city from growing at the same rate as other European capitals.
Tours of the Pontón de la Oliva: a bus will be available on June 23 and 24, at 8, 9, 10 and 11 h (planned departure time from Madrid – Calle de Santa Engracia, 125). Visitors can also travel to the installation by their own means, however entry tickets must be booked beforehand.
Those interested may book their ticket at www.canaldeisabelsegunda.es where they can access the tour registration form. There are 400 tickets available, which shall be granted in order of registration.
Canal de Isabel II was founded more than 165 years ago to supply water to the city of Madrid, and currently more than 2500 employees work to provide a service of excellence to more than 6 million people in the region. It is an innovative company, a leader in its sector, and internationally recognised for its management of the integrated water cycle. It operates 13 reservoirs; 78 spring tappings; 14 drinking water treatment plants; 17,434 kilometres of conveyance and distribution channels; 133 pumping stations for drinking water and 131 for waste water; 14,018 kilometres of sewage networks; 63 storm tanks; 823 kilometres of sewers and outfalls; 157 waste water treatment stations; and 512 kilometres of reclaimed water channels.