Tuesday, 20th October 2020

National Integrated Water Information (Spain)

Ministerio Medio Ambiente, Medio Rural y Marino (Dirección General del Agua)

Areas of Activity: Information Systems

Sectors of Operation: Freshwaters, Dammed waters, Dams, Groundwaters, Seawater, Air Quality, Meteorology, Drainage Networks, Storm Tanks, WWTP, DWTP, SDP, Water Supply, Irrigation Modernisation



Following the guidelines established in the Water Framework Directive, Adasa has designed, developed and implanted the water information system for the Dirección General del Agua (Directorate-General for Water). This system represents an organisational as well as a technological challenge for the Ministerio Medio Ambiente, Medio Rural y Marino (Ministry of the Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs) as well as an unbeatable opportunity for integration and transparency in the exchange of environmental information.

This new system comprises the first database capable of integrating and relating all relevant water management data in Spain. Its main purpose is to ensure the efficient use of the information and its exchange at various levels, contributing to more effective decision-making. At the same time, it intends to provide access to the information for all types of users, from experts to the general public, thus offering an open and transparent means of communication between the citizenry and the bodies involved in managing the water resource.

It represents a qualitative leap in efficiency levels, availability and quality of service and arises from the desire to create a shared, unique and centralised information system that responds to the new requirements of the Water Framework Directive and it provides the definitive data infrastructure that will support all present and future functions and objectives of the Dirección General del Agua of the Ministerio Medio Ambiente, Medio Rural y Marino (Directorate-General for Water under the Ministry of the Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs).

The information is presented logically and intuitively making it easier to know the state of the environment and allowing queries to be made through data, graphs and theme maps adapted to the needs and preferences of the different users.

The water information system is presented as a reference system and guarantees the complete reliability of all the information that it publishes due to the choice of data sources based on relevance, representativeness and the rigorous validation and homogenisation process that the data is subjected to prior to publication.

Further information here