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Portuguese water utility aims to cut energy use by 2% after software upgrade

Águas de Portugal (AdP) Group has selected Bentley Systems' water software technology in a bid to streamline the operation and management of its water and wastewater systems.

AdP Group's water and wastewater collection and treatment systems and water supply networks serve 80% of Portugal's population.

In addition to producing an accurate combined-system overflow and estuary discharge report in five seconds, the new system is expected to achieve 2 percent energy reductions by improving the efficiency of 90 pumping stations.

AdP Group companies that have acquired Bentley software included AdP Serviços, Águas de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (AdTMAD) and Saneamento Integrado dos Municípios do Tejo e Trancão (SimTejo), a concessionary that operates the sanitation system for the metropolitan region of Lisbon. The latter treats 118 million cubic meters of wastewater per year.

SimTejo was faced with uncontrolled stormwater flows into its sewerage systems, which were causing major flooding problems and enabling large quantities of grit and coarse solids to enter the system. The net result was a very real potential for the functional collapse of the system.

The provided software is being used in real time to forecast sewer overflows and estuary discharges. The system is now being run every 15 minutes with updated measured rainfall as well as rainfall forecasts from an operational meteorological model acquired daily via FTP.

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