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Aqualia consolidates positionas leadingwater managementcompany with contracts totalling 477 million euro in Andalusia in 2010

24/09/2010

Aqualia consolidates positionas leadingwater managementcompany with contracts totalling 477 million euro in Andalusia in 2010

Aqualia strengthens its foothold in Andalusia, having obtained contracts representing a backlog of 447 million euro so far this year. FCC's water management subsidiary has been awarded various contracts in the provinces of Cádiz, Almería, Jaén, Huelva and Córdoba.
Aqualia consolidates positionas leadingwater managementcompany with contracts totalling 477 million euro in Andalusia in 2010

The most recent contract, awarded this week, calls for upgrading the end-to-end water management system in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) and represents a backlog of over 170 million euro. 
The 25-year contract awarded by this Cádiz municipality includes upgrading the towns' water infrastructure and improving customer service. Aqualia will implement a telecontrol system, allowing for online monitoring and control of the municipal water service facilities. Additionally, Aqualia will improve preventive management in the detection of leaks by using high-tech Permalog sensors, create a digital map of the network, and implement an online meter reading system which provides reliable, instant data via GSM without having to contact the customer.
Aqualia, which is headed by Fernando Moreno, also recently signed a 56.6 million euro end-to-end water management contract with the town of Priego de Córdoba, valid until 2037.
The company's backlog increased by 85 million euro after being awarded the end-to-end water management contract for the Bajo Andarax Group of Municipalities in Almería province, where the company will serve 32,500 people for 25 years.
In Cádiz province, contracts for water supply in Rota (valid until 31 December 2014) and for end-to-end management of the Llanos de Villamartín irrigation infrastructure (until 2020) add more than 23 million euro to the backlog.
Aqualia continues to strengthen its position in Huelva, having obtained two 25-year end-to-end water management contracts in the municipalities of Moguer-Mazagón (backlog: 82 million euro) and Hinojos (backlog: 10 million euro).
Aqualia will execute various improvement plans affecting facilities and customer service, the goals of which are to optimise water resources, enhance water distribution and sewage systems; and implement a more customer-focused approach.
These initiatives reinforce Aqualia's standing as a leader in water management in Andalusia, where it currently serves more than 2 million people. The company operates in more than 90 cities and towns throughout Andalusia, where it manages local water services and is responsible for operating and maintaining 17 drinking water treatment plants and 63 wastewater treatment plants.

About Aqualia

Aqualia heads the water division of FCC, one of Europe's leading citizen services groups. It is the fourth-largest water company in the world and operates in over 1,100 municipalities worldwide, serving more than 27 million people. Aqualia has a backlog of 12.2 billion euro, 30% of which comes from activities outside Spain. It currently operates in 14 countries, including Portugal, the Czech Republic, Italy, Egypt, Algeria, China and Mexico. Aqualia responds to the needs of all parties, private and public, at all stages of the water cycle, providing water for human, industrial, and agricultural uses. In 2007, it was named "Water Company of the Year" by Global Water Intelligence magazine.

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