Almeria’s municipal wastewater reclaimed for crop irrigation
4 June, 2050
Irrigation association of Cuatro Vegas
Waste water source
The water originates from the wastewater treatment plant of Almeria city.
The irrigation communicity of Cuatro vegas owns three water reservoirs for storage. Pressurized pipes distribute the water to the fields. In the most recent zone, a centralized remote control system.
The crops are vegetables (tomato) and fruit trees in drip-irrigated in greenhouse.
Waste water treatment description
Nutrient removal :
Pesticide removal :
Disinfection : ultrafiltration and chlorination
Suspended solids removal :
The irrigation community distributes 1,13 hm3 between 1,200 farms.
Extent of the agricultural beneficiaries
The reclaimed water from Almeria's wastewater treatment plant is distributed around a total area of 1,800 hectares (1,200 farms).
The cost of reclaimed water is 0.20€/m³. Nevertheless, the water provide for irrigation is a mixture of the reclaimed water and different conventional water sources. A such the price of the irrigation water is based on this mixture and is, in general, a bit lower than the 0.20€/m³.
Type of agreement
Cuatro Vegas is an irrigators association and represents 60 % of the General Comunity of Almeria Water Users (Comunidad General de Usuarios de las Aguas de Almería, CGUAL)