Who we are

Created in the 1950's, SMAS - Almada Council's Water Treatment and Supply Services are a public service that serves local interests... Their purpose is the captation, transport, treatment and distribution of water for consumption, as well as the drainage and treatment of wastewaters produced in Almada's district.

Nowadays, SMAS supplies water for more than 160 thousand people, among the eleven civil parishes in Almada's district - Almada, Cacilhas, Caparica, Charneca de Caparica, Costa da Caparica, Cova da Piedade, Feijó, Laranjeiro, Sobreda e Trafaria. They have water suppliance and wastewaters collection contrats, with more than a 103 thousand customers (house holds, companies and institutions). The hedge ratio of all the consumption needs is 100%.

To insure water distribution in Almada, SMAS uses a supply system that comprises 28 bailings, 25 reservoirs and 9 booster stations. The pipeline water distribution is 772 Km wide.

To insure the water quality control, on the levels demanded by legislation, they have a Water Consumption Lab in which are made more than 17 700 analyses per annum.

In what concerns wastewaters, the domestic drainage and pluvial pipework is as wide as 942 Kilometers. Wastewaters collected in three main subsystems (Costa da Caparica - Trafaria, Almada e Corroios) are drained into one of the four operating Waterwaster Treatment Plants (ETAR) where they are submited to a solid, liquid and gaseous treatment, before they return to their natural environment.. These four Wasterwaster Treatment Plants garantee that all wastewaters from Almada and Seixal districts are treated.

In the Waterwaste Lab, efficiency treatment procedures are evaluated through an analitical control program. This program considers established physio-chemical and microbiological parameters, aiming at controlling the efficiency of the several steps of the process of treatment and rejection of effluents.

In order to create an increasingly better service, SMAS are investing in:

  • Building well dimensioned and efficient infrastructures, namely waterwaste treatment plants, bailing and reservoirs and water booster stations;
  • Changing work and supervising procedures, namely, performing telemanagement and other techonologies to support administrative processes;
  • Acquirement of qualified technicians and specialized equipment to be used for the several service domains.

The aprovall of the Enviromental Policy of the Enviromental Management System of SMAS, on the 22nd of March 2006 by the Administratiion Council, shows its commitment to environmental friendly practices and to thoughtful, rational use of water as an essential element for commonwealth.

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