Water consumption in the Autonomous Community of Madrid increased 6.4% in April, which ended with the reservoirs at 76.4% - Water consumption in the Autonomous Community of Madrid increased 6.4% in April, which ended with the reservoirs at 76.4%
Water consumption in the Autonomous Community of Madrid increased 6.4% in April, which ended with the reservoirs at 76.4%
Miguel Ángel Sánchez Varela
Despite the precipitations last month, the reservoirs received 54% below average
- The volume of water stored in Canal’s 13 reservoirs is a little below average for this time of year
- Canal de Isabel II calls for the responsible use of water, since it is impossible to know how much rainfall can be expected in the coming months
Residents of Madrid consumed during this past April 6.4% more water than they did the same month last year: 36.2 hm3 compared to 34 in 2018. Thus, although consumption has been contained, since March 2019 it exceeded the previous year’s figures by more than 18 points, continuing to be higher than those values registered last year, and already showing a 6.9% increase with respect to 2018 values: only January has been below the values of last year. This consumption data is the highest since 2012.
The month of April was 24.6% more rainy than the average, but after a very dry start to the year, the rains registered in the Autonomous Community of Madrid dampened the land without greatly contributing the reservoirs: in fact, the reservoirs managed by Canal have received 49.3 hm3 of water compared to 106.9 on average for April.
Regarding the water reserves stored in the reservoirs managed by Canal de Isabel II, they began May at 76.4% of their capacity with a total of 720 hm3 stored, an average figure for this time of year, and more than 10 points below the stored volume recorded a year prior.
RESPONSABILITY AND EFFICIENCY IN CONSUMPTION
With all of this data, and despite the little rain and increased consumption, the hydrological status in the Autonomous Community of Madrid continues to be good, but Canal de Isabel II especially insists on the need for responsible and efficient use of water, since it is a scarce natural resource and it is impossible to establish rainfall patterns in the coming months.
Therefore, as part of line 1 of its Strategic Plan, to guarantee the supply for the population, Canal carries out awareness initiatives, so that the general public consumes water responsibly. Small, individual changes in our everyday lives, such as having a shower instead of a bath or using a full washing machine or dishwasher, help to achieve this goal. All of these are available on its website www.canaldeisabelsegunda.es.
Additionally, the public entity also carries out other initiatives to save water, such as promoting the use of reclaimed water for irrigating public green areas and industrial uses or annual renovation plans for pipe networks, which have led to the volume of losses dropping by 70%.
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 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 tapings; 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.