Canal de Isabel II begins work on the new Eurovillas drinking water supply network - Canal de Isabel II begins work on the new Eurovillas drinking water supply network
Canal de Isabel II begins work on the new Eurovillas drinking water supply network
Juan Sánchez, director of Innovation and Engineering, together with Pedro Rollán, president of Canal de Isabel II
Works on Eurovillas
Located in the municipalities of Nuevo Baztán and Villar del Olmo, this is the largest urbanisation in Europe, with 4,000 plots
- The public entity will carry out 20 projects to offer a quality supply to the 10,000 residents of the urbanisation
- The works will entail an investment of around 27 million euros and shall be financed with an additional fee over 20 years
Canal de Isabel II has begun work on the execution of the new supply network for the Eurovillas urbanisation in the municipalities of Nuevo Baztán and Villar del Olmo, which includes laying out 78 kilometres of pipes, with a total estimated investment of 27 million euros. The public entity began work a few weeks ago on the first of the 20 projects, which shall be executed in the area over the next 5 years.
This morning, the initial project, which includes the installation of 5.2 kilometres of pipes, with an investment of 778,000 euros, received the visit of the chairman of Canal de Isabel II, Pedro Rollán, together with the executive vice-chairman, Rafael Prieto and the mayors of Nuevo Baztán and Villar del Olmo, Mariano Hidalgo and Lucila Toledo, together with representatives from the Urbanisation’s Advisory Council.
Rollán highlighted the importance of the historic agreement, which has led the execution of this project, “which will enable the 10,000 residents of this urbanisation to enjoy a normalised and quality water supply, as provided by Canal de Isabel II in the rest of the region”.
The public entity will begin working on five more projects in January, to install 19.3 kilometres of pipes and it will launch a call for tenders and award the 14 remaining sections between 2019 and 2021.
The agreement signed at the beginning of the year is designed to solve the supply problems suffered by the urbanisation and which has provided residents with peace of mind and a sense of neighbourhood cohesion. The definitive contract award amount will be financed over 20 years with the payment of an additional fee, so a resident with an average size plot will pay around 17 euros per month to finance the works. This financing mechanism is established in Law 17/1984 and implemented in Decree 137/1985 and it enables the construction of these infrastructures when requested by municipalities or urbanisations.
Eurovillas is the largest urbanisation in Europe: the construction of the urbanisation began in the 1960s, and with its more than 4,000 plots, it is larger than the city centres of Nuevo Baztán and Villar del Olmo. Since it was created, the water supply has been one of the urbanisation’s main problems which, up until 1999, was supplied by underground water sources. During that time, Canal took on the supply of water to Nuevo Baztán and Villar del Olmo, but was unable to take on the urbanisation's network operation, as it did not comply with its technical regulations.
MUNICIPAL COOPERATION, ONE OF THE PUBLIC ENTITY'S STRATEGIC OBJETIVES
The Eurovillas initiative falls within line 5 of the Canal de Isabel II 2018-2030 Strategic Plan aimed at fostering and enhancing institutional relations with town councils and urbanisations.
It also includes the objectives of line 2 to guarantee the quality of drinking water from its origin, conserving the sources of supply, to the end point. This line is part of the Network Plan, which aims to replace obsolete networks in order to improve the quality of water, which will be carried out in this urbanisation. The aim is to present and budget for master network plans in order to adapt all of these pipes to Canal’s regulation by 2030.
Canal de Isabel II was founded more than 165 years ago to supply water to the city of Madrid. It employs more than 2500 people working daily to provide a service to more than 6 million people in the region, It is and ennovative company, a leader in its sector, adn internationally recognised for its management of the integrated water cycle. It operates 13 reservoirs; 78 spring tappings; 14 drinking water treatment plants; 17,556 kilometres of conveyance and distribution channels; 131 pumping stations for drinking water and 133 for waste water; 14,956 kilometres of sewage networks; 65 storm tanks; 877 kilometres of sewers and outfalls; 157 waste water treatment stations; and 588 kilometres of reclaimed water channels.