Águas do Algarve provides recycled water for Castro Marim golf courses
From left to right: António Eusébio, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Águas do Algarve; Alexandra Serra, Administrator of Águas de Portugal; David Martins, General Manager of Algarvelux, SA; Hugo Pires, Secretary of State for the Environment; Filomena Sintra, Vice President of Castro Marim Municipality; Pedro Coelho, Director at APA/ARH Algarve; and Pedro Vaz, Administrator of Águas de Portugal.

Águas do Algarve provides recycled water for golf courses

“The search for new water sources is a priority,” says Águas do Algarve president António Eusébio

Regional water authority Águas do Algarve has signed an agreement to supply recycled water to the golf courses of Castro Marim Golfe & Country Club.

The agreements follows the completion of the first phase of a new infrastructure at the Vila Real de Santo António wastewater treatment plant, which enables to the use of treated wastewater for irrigation at golf courses in the northern area of the municipality.

The project involved the installation of a chlorination disinfection system and the construction of a pumping station for treated wastewater, as well as the connection to two delivery points, namely Castro Marim Golfe and Quinta do Vale Golf.

With the supply of this recycled water by Águas do Algarve, Castro Marim Golfe & Country Club will replace approximately 450,000 cubic metres of water used in the irrigation and maintenance of its golf courses, ensuring a “better balance between water demand and availability.”

“We are aware of the need to be increasingly sustainable due to climate change and water scarcity in recent years, so we have been totally committed to this project from the very beginning,” said David Martins, general manager of Algarvelux, SA, the company that manages the golf courses.

“We believe that the future lies here, and we want to be at the forefront, offering quality golf courses and promoting the Algarve as a destination,” he added.

The project has also been celebrated by Águas do Algarve.

The search for new water sources, such as recycled water production and desalination, is a priority to address the impacts of climate change in the Algarve, which result in less water in dams and aquifers. But in addition to increasing supply, we also need to reinforce actions to reduce consumption and promote water efficiency. Water scarcity is a global challenge, and action must be taken by all,” said António Eusébio, president of Águas do Algarve.

By Michael Bruxo

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