Water reserve for about two years
A few days before the end of winter, Joaquim Peres, president of the board of directors of Águas do Algarve (AdA), spoke exclusively to diariOnline South Region newspaper about the current reserves of water for human consumption in the Algarve and also about the status of the infrastructures that will be built – water abstraction in the Guadiana River and Desalination Plant – which are foreseen in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), which are aimed at strengthen the water supply to the Algarve region.
On the water reserve in the Algarve dams, Joaquim Peres said "It is true that the rainfall that has fallen, has allowed it to be retained in the reservoirs, which are normally used to supply the public supply, have stored capacity for two years of normal use", and it is necessary that savings and use with rigor without waste are maintained.
“Whether desalination or water intake in the Guadiana, they can serve as a 'safe' water supply to the Algarve. It is necessary to realize that either one or the other will have completely different functions… ” explained the president of Águas do Algarve, a company that will build and manage the two new Algarve infrastructures.
Desalination has already been studied
Asked when the works are going to start, Joaquim Peres was adamant in stating that "I would say that they have already started …" and explains how.
Regarding desalination, the president of AdA revealed that “It has already been the subject of a study by Águas de Portugal, together with Águas do Algarve, in the sense of trying to determine locations and dimensioning of the infrastructure itself to obtain that volume that may actually be necessary.”
Joaquim Peres also explains how the two new infrastructures will work. As for the desalination plant, environmental studies are being carried out, so it is not yet possible to determine the location of its implantation. As for the work at Pomarão, it is faster and "It is a solution that has a very big advantage, first, it does not have to be always working …" adding that energy costs also have to be addressed.