Aljezur is investing €130,000 in the installation smart meters
The Municipal Council of Aljezur is going to install 1,500 smart meters in the Vale da Telha area to monitor and control water losses, it announced on Wednesday.
Representing a €130,000 investment, the project is expected to cut down on water losses by 25% to 30% in an area know for its high water consumption record.
“In the first phase, we’re going to install them in the Vale da Telha area and its surroundings, which is one of the most problematic areas in terms of consumption, particularly in terms of inconsistent consumption and the largest water users,” Aljezur Deputy Mayor, António Carvalho, told Lusa news agency.
The mayor said that the installation of ultrasonic meters is part of a series of measures approved in 2022 “to reduce consumption and mitigate the effects of water scarcity in the Algarve”.
An ultrasonic flow meter is a type of flow meter that measures the velocity of a fluid with ultrasound to calculate volume flow. Using ultrasonic transducers, the flow meter can measure the average velocity along the path of an emitted beam of ultrasound by averaging the difference in measured transit time between the pulses of ultrasound propagating into and against the direction of the flow, or by measuring the frequency shift from the Doppler effect.
According to António Carvalho, the municipality has “huge investments underway to contain consumption, control and water efficiency” and plans to install 16 loss control and metering points in the public supply network.
In addition to these measures, Aljezur council has made progress with reducing consumption in public buildings and reducing and, in some cases, closing down irrigation systems in green spaces, he pointed out.
In a statement, the council said that the investment also includes work on the water tank network in Chaparral, Carrapateira, Barreiras Vermelhas and Vale da Telha.
The work carried out since 2022 as part of the Algarve Regional Water Efficiency Plan to mitigate the effects of water scarcity in the territory has the support of the Environmental Fund.