Water treatment

Águas do Algarve, the regional water company, has announced plans to improve the treatment of domestic waste water in Albufeira, Lagoa and Silves. The project involves upgrading and rebuilding several water treatment centres (ETARs) across the Algarve, as well as closing some down.

According to a company spokesman, the main focus at the moment is to build a new ETAR in Albufeira, which will have all the latest facilities available to treat water and sewage. Once the new centre is built, the existing ETAR in Armação de Pêra will be shut down, as it can no longer cope with the volume of waste water that needs to be treated.

Águas do Algarve is also planning to build a new drainage system running from homes in Silves directly to the local water treatment centre. A similar project will see the construction of a drain running from Lagoa and Armação de Pêra, which will feed water and residues directly to the new ETAR in Albufeira. In total, the project is expected to require an investment of 17.5 million euros.

A spokesperson for the company said that the project is part of “a continued strategy of improvement to raise the quality of life of the Algarvean population”.