The City Council of Redován and Hidraqua initiate improvement actions in the drinking water service

  • The works will be focused on renovating the pipe network, as well as the installation of valves and household connections.
  • The total cost of these improvement actions, included in the service concession contract, amounts to 372,400 euros

The Redován City Council and the municipality’s potable water service concessionaire, Hidraqua, have started to work this week to improve the town’s water supply network. These works, that began this Monday, were contemplated in the service concession contract, consisting of three actions to execute new channelings and replacement of pipes, sectioning valves and connections in the Camino del Motor, Jesús Jordá and Seis de Diciembre streets, as well as the upper part of the town near the mountains.

The mayor of the municipality, Nely Ruiz, has expressed her satisfaction at the start of these works, which will allow “offering a better provision of an essential service and much needed on a day-to-day basis for all the residents of Redován”. She added that “in this way, we fulfill the commitment that we proposed as a government with the assignment of the service to the concessionaire company”.

In this way, the installation of approximately 1.750 meters of new conduction and the renovation of some 390 household connections will be carried out, as well as in places where there were no registration elements, such as those found in poor state of conservation due to age and presenting obsolete materials and insufficient diameter.

These works will serve to improve water pressure and ensure its quality, as well as minimizing the number of users who will be affected in the event of any breakdown due to breakdown or maintenance. The total cost of the actions amounts to 372.400 euros, with an execution period of approximately four months.

For his part, the mayor of Municipal Services, Ramón Escarabajal, has stated that “these works are very important, since they come to solve a historical problem in the municipality, such as water cuts.” Escarabajal has assured that “our objective is to improve the quality of life of the residents of Redován, and that is why we are going to carry out these much-needed actions.”

The City Council of Redován and Hidraqua set in motion the landscape restoration of the Paraje La Ermita

Redován 1/18/2019. Just fifteen days after its implementation, the City Council of Redován and the water and sewer service concessionaire, Hidraqua, officially inaugurated this management today with a visit to the public attention office in Calle Abajo. the past day 2, and with the start-up of the landscape restoration of the Redován mountain range in the Paraje La Ermita with a first day of reforestation that will continue in the coming months with an integral intervention of the area.

During the visit to the offices, the manager of Hidraqua, Juan José Alonso, explained some of the most relevant aspects of the client area, “like the agreement that is being negotiated with the Federation of Deaf People of the Valencian Community (FESORD) to facilitate face-to-face attention for people with hearing disabilities “. Alonso and the mayor, Emilio Fernández, have highlighted that the concessionaire will maintain “the social rates that have been applied until now in the municipality, in addition to that there will be a meeting with our Social Services to define the attention to the vulnerable groups”, has specified the first mayor.

Fraud control campaigns and processes to make periodic meter readings more efficient are also a priority in these first months, as well as the availability of a 24-hour checkpoint or network inspection campaigns in Redován. . Through this last one, a total of 40 faults have been detected and repaired since the service was started.

As for the work carried out, the cleaning of the sewage and rainwater network has been started in double shift, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., to finish as soon as possible with the inconveniences to the neighbors and the control plan for the discharges with definition of sampling stations and analytical controls in some industries. With respect to the works to be executed soon, the Camino del Motor and the Rincón pumping station will be built in the town center, “while beneficial projects for our town are also being written, such as those related to the landscape performance in the Hermitage, the installation of remote reading in the meters and the sectorization and remote control of the network “, said the mayor.

After the visit to the offices, the first day of reforestation was carried out in the Paraje La Ermita, a prelude to the comprehensive action that will be carried out in the area in the coming months. For this campaign, plant species have been selected that will improve the environmental and landscape quality of the surroundings, such as cypress, black hawthorn, mastic, carob, ephedra, rosemary, palmito or bayón.

The new Redován water contract will implement improvements to take advantage of 40% more drinking water

The Plenary Session of the Municipality of Redován today approved the awarding of the water contract proposed by the officials of the contracting table to the company Hidraqua. The details of the award have been given in a subsequent press conference by the mayor of Redován, Emilio Fernández, the councilor of the Presidency, Adrián Ballester and the councilor of Agua, Ramón López.

From now on, a service is launched for which the City Council of Redova has a series of priorities such as improving the performance of the networks, since nowadays only 51.96% of the potable water available is used. the town. Thus, the goal is that by 2024 that yield will rise to 92.5%, that is, that more than 40% of potable water will be used today.

The mayor, Emilio Fernández, has indicated that there will be a series of actions aimed at increasing this use of water flow, such as the implementation of remote reading to 100% of Redován users including municipal accountants during the first year of service management , “When numerous renovations are also planned in the drinking water network”. In this way, he explained that in the first year of the contract hydrants will be installed and the fiber cement pipes will be replaced, the meshing of the network will be carried out in the streets Jesús Jordá and 6 of
December to Pascual Martínez and Calle La Paz “in order to guarantee the supply and improve the quality of the service and the water supplied”; the old connections of the urban helmet and the conductions of the road of the motor will be substituted. “That in the drinking water network, since for the sewerage there are also plans for improvements such as the installation of remote control and conditioning of the El Rincon sewage pumping, since it is a poor installation whose condition can be controlled in real time. from these works, “said the first
mayor. In the sewage and rainwater networks, advanced cleaning, inspection and rehabilitation of pipes will be incorporated, as well as the implementation of a sewer control service to the sewage network to facilitate the purification and reuse of water.

Social bonuses
The provision of the public drinking water service will also benefit the most disadvantaged groups in Redován. Specifically, up to 50% will be rewarded in the consumption of water for large families, 30% for disabled people, 10% for unemployed people and 30% for pensioners and retired people.

In the same way, the contract establishes that the City Council will propose the hiring of a specialized company to audit the contract. In this way, it will be verified during the fifteen years of the contract, that all the provisions of the contract and the specifications are fulfilled, guaranteeing the best provision of this public service. Also, it will be guaranteed that the rates do not increase to the neighbors, only when the Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla increases the rate for the supply of drinking water to the municipality.

Office of attention to the public and environmental commitment
On the other hand, Redován will have the start of the service with a public attention office that will open its doors, fully accessible, at the intersection of Pío XII and Abajo streets, in front of the Town Hall. “We have foreseen that this office will open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., so that any neighbor or neighbor can carry out their tasks, apart from the telephone service 24 hours a day and through from the virtual office of the web “, said the mayor. The winning company will also make available to the service two electric vehicles “and has also proposed a series of actions in the Paraje de La Ermita in order to promote the conservation of the biodiversity of the recreational area, optimize its sustainability and improve facilities for use recreational and social “.

To this end, the area will be reforested and a drip irrigation system will be implemented to guarantee the survival of plant species and existing itineraries will be expanded with new paths, lookouts and urban furniture that will be made of natural materials that are integrated with the environment “, has indicated the mayor.

As for the investment to be made by the concessionaire in Redován, the contract establishes a mandatory amount of 469,000 euros, although Hidraqua will also pay a series of fees to the City Council (initial, infrastructure, municipal and environmental) that during the fifteen years of the concession will allow an investment of more than 3.5 million euros. In the event that the contract is finally extended for another five years, that is to say twenty in total, this investment would rise to 4.7 million.

The concessionaire, also, plans to start the service with a sectorization project to improve the pressure of the network “and an intensive search and leak detection campaign for which 100% of the networks will be checked, verifying the correct functioning of the valves, as well as another campaign to search for and detect fraud, “concluded Fernández.

The City of Redován will tender the water and sewer service to avoid losses of 48% and 247,000 € per year

Redován 7/14/2017. Redován City Council wants to end the problems that arise daily in the potable water and sewerage network, and for that reason has initiated a procedure aimed at tendering a service now provided from the same Consistory, in precarious and without possibilities only of To realize the improvements that the neighbors of the locality demand. The mayor, Emilio Fernández, has appeared today along with a good part of his government, to explain how he wants to develop a process that wants to be “as transparent as the water that should come out of our faucets” and that also involves the investment Necessary to renew networks at all points where necessary.

Redován has 27.5 kilometers of sewage and 81.5 of potable water network “of which 3 are still of fiber cement,” said Fernández, who has pointed out that equally unbearable are the data that result from the studies carried out on The consumption of water in the locality. H indicated that only 52% of the water supplied by the Commonwealth of Taibilla Channels is used, while the remaining 48% is lost “in breaks, leaks and irregular shots”, something that is to be solved “because it is A water that we pay all the people of Rio Grande do Sul and we lose. ” Extrapolating these percentages to figures means that the annual economic losses are 247,444 euros, “so the solution must be put in place immediately”, said the mayor.

From the government team began to work in search of the solution in the past mandate, when it was commissioned to the public company dependent on the Diputación Proaguas Costa Blanca to carry out a planimetry of the entire local network. The needs studies concluded that Redován would require a large investment to provide the service in a standardized way. Last February, PW was awarded the “best consultancy in our country on water”, Fernández said, technical assistance to prepare the specifications and annexes of the subsequent valuation of offers in relation To the concession, and today the first commission has been held with the other municipal political groups where the technician in charge of the report has given all the details to the local political representatives.

The mayor of Redován has insisted on the need to give transparency to the whole process, and that is why this afternoon also holds a citizens’ assembly, at 20.00 in the Plenary Hall of the City where all neighbors who want to go have also all The information that is required of municipal officials.

The future, without tariff increases

Regarding the tender, the team of Redondo government has set several goals, such as the fact that it is the City Council itself that has control over the concession or that the execution period of the improvements required is in accordance with the needs of the network . “We want investments, as soon as possible, to improve the network, and especially not to raise rates, and we can guarantee that they will not.”

 Regarding the conditions to be assumed by the successful tenderer, whose contract is fixed for 15 years with the possibility of extending it for another five, the payment to the City of an initial fee set at a minimum of 290,000 euros, plus the initial investments (minimum 475,000 Euros). Throughout the duration of the contract, at least 2.5% of the variable fee will be invested to undertake service improvements. These conditions can be improved by companies.

Similarly, each year there must be an audit that will be commissioned by the Consistory but will be paid by the concessionaire. Searches for network leaks, sewer cleanings and rainwater networks will be carried out annually, among other things detailed by the Mayor of Rio Grande do Sul.

 From the City Hall are expected to apply for aid to other administrations such as the County Council, within the collaboration established by law to provide public water service in municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants. “We consider that in this way we will achieve that the effectiveness of the network is close to normal, that we avoid the continuous breaks and above all, the water cuts that occur constantly,” said Emilio Fernández. “We want Redován to have a more modern and efficient service, that our neighbors and neighbors benefit from it and that they do not have to suffer the problems of an obsolete network for which now they must pay every year almost 250,000 euros,” he concluded.