i03: Plan for water efficiency and improvements to the Autonomous Region of Madeira water supply and irrigation systems (70 M€)
The Autonomous Region of Madeira has identified the need to investment in water management, which includes the implementation of projects designed to optimise the use of existing resources, to abstract surplus water without any impact on ecosystems, to create and expand strategic reserves and to interconnect the various water sources that are essential to ensure uninterrupted supply in the context of adapting to climate change and ensuring the needs of all users, the general population and economic and agricultural activities are met.
The proposed projects represent investments in an integrated network and ensure the more efficient use of water:
- Improvement to the Supply to the North Channel – Seixal Pumping System: to provide at least 3.2 hm3 of water to the North Channel during the holding period;
- Recovery of the northern stretch of the North Canal: to ensure the canal’s efficiency by recovering the high losses and achieving a level of losses in the order of 30%;
- Recovery of the Rabaças Levada: to ensure the canal’s efficiency by recovering the high losses and achieving a level of losses in the order of 30%;
- Optimisation of the Machico Funchal – Santa Quitéria Pipeline System: to ensure an increase in the Machico Funchal Pipeline System flow of up to 1,000 m³/h;
- Increasing the supply to Tornos Canal – EE Lombo do Urzal: Increase the supply to the Tornos Canal – North stretch, by abstracting excess water from the Lapa do Arvoredo Stream and Levada da Achada Grande which may represent an increase of up to 180 m³/h;
- Increase the supply to the south section of the Tornos Canal – Construction of the Águas Mansas Lagoon/Ribeiro Serrão: increasing flows to the Tornos Canal – south section construction of a storage lagoon to store winter flows and make them available to farmers in summer;
- Construction of the Salt Water Abstraction Well in Porto Santo – Well no. 5: salt water abstraction, with estimated flows of 150-250 m³/h;
- Interventions in the Porto Santo Water Supply Networks to reduce losses: reduction of real losses in the urban sector of the Porto Santo water supply networks to 30%;
- Increasing the supply to the Trompica Reservoir: to meet public supply needs due to insufficient sources at altitude, by providing 25 m³/h.