Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"Aware of future challenges, the continuous need to meet the policy objectives of EU water legislation and the goal of improving the quality of life of its citizens, the City of Porto is strongly motivated and committed to deepen the integrated water management approach and is open to establishing exchange of knowledge with other cities in Europe. We believe that an Urban Water Agenda 2030 will help us and all EU cities to accelerate the implementation of local policies and practices in order to meet EU water policy objectives, and therefore, ensure the quality of its waters for use and prevent pollution of water in the urban context."

Filipe Araújo,  Councillor for Innovation and Environment of the City of Porto.

Porto at work | Sustainable management of the urban water cycle

Since 2006, Porto manages the entire urban water cycle via a single public company (Águas do Porto). This company serves a population of about 500,000 people per day, making use of affordable and sustainable tariffs (one of the lowest in Portuguese cities with a similar number of inhabitants) and without resorting to a bank debt. It is a sustainable company, whose operating efficiency gains - in particular the reduction of losses and energy consumption - is allowed to release equity capital to finance investments in different fields such as river restoration, storm water drainage and coastal areas (beaches) management or environmental education.

Interested in finding out more? You can learn more about the project here, or by contacting the CEO of Águas do Porto, Frederico Fernandes (email:frederico.fernande[at]aguasdoporto.pt ).

Porto's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Frederico Fernandes (CEO of Águas de Porto)



Frederico Fernandes is currently the CEO of the municipal company responsible for the management of urban water cycle in the city of Porto: Águas do Porto. His main corporate functions include strategic planning, project sponsoring, performance indicators monitoring, IT and innovation management, global budgeting and finance oversee, and institutional relationships. Previously, between 2014 and 2015, he was member of the Executive Board of this company.


Quick facts on Porto

Location within country

The city of Porto is located in Portugal. It is crossed by the Douro River and is within the Douro River Basin. The city is also crossed by several streams and small rivers.

Number of inhabitants

237,591 (2011)

Main economic sectors

- Trade

- Services

- Creative industries

Source/s of water supply

The water supplied comes from the Douro River upstream of the city of Porto and is treated in a Water Treatment Plant before it is distributed.

Main utilities providing water and waste water services

Águas do Douro e Paiva, S.A. and Águas do Porto, E.M

More information: www.cm-porto.pt

Updated: September 2017