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Canal de Isabel II starts up the RED Plan to replace 3,200 kilometres of pipelines in the region - Canal de Isabel II starts up the RED Plan to replace 3,200 kilometres of pipelines in the region

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Canal de Isabel II starts up the RED Plan to replace 3,200 kilometres of pipelines in the region

2019-07-17

The acting president of the Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, visited one of these construction sites on the Paseo de la Castellana today


  • This undertaking is part of the public utility's Strategic Plan to improve water quality of the through 2030
  • In the first phase of the plan, 1,500 kilometres will be replaced within four years
  • Rollán highlights "Canal de Isabel II's commitment to the ongoing improvement of the service it provides to the people of Madrid”.
  • The Canal has therefore put out a call for 509 million euros, its largest tender ever.

Canal de Isabel II will revamp 3,200 kilometres of pipelines through 2030 within the framework of the so-called RED Plan as part of the public utility's Strategic Plan with the aim of improving the quality of drinking water. The acting president of the Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, accompanied by the executive vice-president of Canal de Isabel II, Rafael Prieto, today visited one of these work sites on Madrid's Paseo de la Castellana.

The acting president of the Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, highlighted "Canal de Isabel II's commitment to the continuous improvement of the service it provides to the people of Madrid, which has brought about nearly 750 million euros in investments over the last four years”.

The first phase of the RED Plan will run until 2024 and includes the replacement of 1,500 kilometres of pipes. "In a major action to achieve this objective, the largest contract in the history of Canal has just been put out to tender, with an amount of 509 million euros and which envisages the replacement of 1,200 kilometres", highlighted Rollán. The remaining 300 kilometres will be executed under other existing or pending contracts.

One of the actions included in the plan is to overhaul the network and adapt the distribution gallery in Paseo de la Castellana. Canal de Isabel II will invest more than 6 million euros on the replacement of 1.84 kilometres of pipes between streets Felix Boix, Raimundo Fernández Villaverde and Joaquín Costa.

To execute these highly complex works, construction is being carried out in underground mines, with 8 access shafts along the route, as well as replacing two 700- and 900-mm-diameter pipes with one 1,200-mm-diameter pipe.

Construction on the Paseo de la Castellana is 15% complete and will be finished in late 2020 in benefit of the 800,000 people who are supplied through this network.

GUARANTEEING WATER QUALITY

The RED Plan is one of the actions of line 2 of Canal de Isabel II's Strategic Plan to guarantee the quality of drinking water by replacing obsolete materials. The company's distribution network is more than 18,000 kilometres long, and an average of 40 million euros is allocated annually for renewal and maintenance, which has enabled it to have one of the most efficient systems in Spain and to reduce leaks by 70%.

Rollán pointed out that since 2015, "640 kilometres of pipes have been replaced in the Community of Madrid with an investment of 115 million euros. Of these, 188 kilometres have been replaced in the city of Madrid”.

Canal de Isabel II was founded almost 170 years ago to supply water to the city of Madrid. Its more than 2,800 employees work daily to serve more than 6 million people in the region. It is an innovative company, a leader in its sector and internationally recognised for its comprehensive management of the water cycle. It operates 13 reservoirs; 78 groundwater catchments; 17,601 kilometres of water supply and distribution network; 131 drinking water pumping stations and 133 wastewater pumping stations; 15,083 kilometres of sewage networks; 65 storm tanks; 157 wastewater treatment plants; and 615 kilometres of reclaimed water network.

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