LIFE SWSS - Smart Water Supply System

LIFE14 ENV/PT/000508

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Contact person: MARCO ESTRELA
Tel: 351214229005
Fax: 351214228129
Email: maestrela@isq.pt

Project description:


Water Supply Systems (WSS) are large-scale systems that collect, store, treat and transport water over wide geographical areas to consumers. Safe and efficient operation is crucial for these systems. WSS can have major environmental impacts due to the substantial amounts of energy consumed, as well as through the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) and water leakages. This means that saving water will necessarily save energy. Current control systems are designed to deliver water, not to provide water efficiently. Moreover, water network management still relies on the utilities’ accumulated experience, rather than on efficiency technologies. Water utilities face a double challenge to simultaneously save water and energy. This is particularly relevant in the WSS sector, where energy is mostly generated from non-renewable sources.


The LIFE SWSS project aims to demonstrate and disseminate an innovative management and decision-support platform for water supply systems (called a Smart Water Supply System: SWSS). The SWSS platform will be composed of five modules: Predictive, Hydraulic simulation, Assessment, Leakage, and Optimisation, which together will support the water companies in their efforts to improve energy efficiency and water efficiency. The SWSS modules are based on previous developments from consortium partners of the project, which will be integrated into one single platform. The project will be implemented on three demonstration water supply systems (AdA, AdC and AdO) under real working conditions. In these three demonstration WSS, the objectives are to reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions and water leakage by implementing the SWSS platform and the reverse-pump for energy recovery (renewable energy) in gravity systems.

Expected results:

  • Energy consumption: reduction of 15% in the energy consumption of each demonstration systems: 0.75 GWh in AdA; 0.45GWh in AdC; 1.35 GWh in AdO (2.6 GWh in total);
  • CO2 emissions: reduction of 15% in CO2 emissions for each demonstration systems: 354 tonnes CO2 eq in AdA, 252 tonnes CO2 eq in AdC; 637 tonnes CO2 eq in AdO (1.243 tonnes CO2 eq in total); and
  • Water losses: reduction in average water losses in the three supply systems from 2.6% to 1%.

  • Results


Environmental issues addressed:


Information - Governance - Environmental training - Capacity building
Water - Water saving
Water - Water management and supply


water saving‚  water supply‚  energy efficiency

Target EU Legislation

  • Water
  • COM(2007)414 - “Communication addressing the challenge of water scarcity and droughts in the Euro ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Type of organisation Public enterprise
Description ISQ (Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade) is a private organisation whose main goal is to promote the exchange of knowledge between scientific institutions and business sectors. ISQ offers technical inspection, training and consultancy services, supported by R&D activities in 21 internal accredited laboratories.
Partners AdO(Aguas do Oeste, SA), Portugal HID(Hidromod Modelação e Engenharia, Lda), Portugal AdA(Águas do Algarve, S.A.), Portugal AdC(Aguas do Centro, SA), Portugal AdP(Águas de Portugal SGPS, SA), Portugal IST(Instituto Superior Técnico), Portugal


Project reference LIFE14 ENV/PT/000508
Duration 01-SEP-2015 to 31-AUG -2018
Total budget 1,389,800.00 €
EU contribution 802,747.00 €
Project location Norte(Portugal),Centro(Portugal),Lisboa e vale do Tejo(Portugal),Alentejo(Portugal),Algarve(Portugal),Açores(Portugal),Madeira(Portugal)


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