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The Canal de Isabel II reservoirs end november at 76.2 % of their capacity and continue to reach record levels

null The Canal de Isabel II reservoirs end november at 76.2 % of their capacity and continue to reach record levels

The Canal de Isabel II reservoirs end november at 76.2 % of their capacity and continue to reach record levels


The company continues to call for responsible use of water, since it is impossible to know how much rainfall can be expected in the coming months

  • The Community reservoirs store 719 hm3 of water, which rose last month, exceeding average figures by 15.6 points
  • The improvement in water efficiency patterns continued this month and water consumption dropped by 6 % compared with november 2017

The water reserves stored in the reservoirs managed by Canal de Isabel II continue to exceed maximum figures and ended november at 76.2 % of their capacity with a total of 719.2 hm3, a figure that exceeds average figures recorded during this period over the last 25 years by more than 15 points and by 23.2 regarding the stored volume during the same period last year, when reservoirs were at around 53 % of their maximum capacity. During November, water reserves in the reservoirs increased, with around 20 cubic hectometres more than at the end of last month.

The pattern of reduced water consumption, which began months before, continued. Inhabitants of Madrid consumed 35.1 hm3 compared with the 37.3 recorded in November 2017, which represents a 6 % drop.

In terms of rainfall recorded in the reservoirs in November, it contributed to the reduction in consumption as well as an increased amount of stored water, since figures are 14 % higher than average figures: 94.9 litres per square metre were collected. Therefore, contributions were 7.6 % lower than maximum figures for this month: 56.4 cubic hectometres were collected, compared with the average historical figure of 61.1. All these indicators mean that the water situation in the Community of Madrid is promising, with just one month to go until the end of 2018, after the start of the year when values were very much below average figures. This improvement is the result of the amount of rainfall during April and March and reduced wáter consumption in the region: so far, the amount of drinking water consumed in the Community has dropped by 5 %.

However, Canal de Isabel II 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 the general public uses water in a responsible manner. 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.

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 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.

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