Intervention areas

Water is one of the natural resources most affected by climate change.



Considering the climate projections for this area, the water resources sector is key and plays a central role in municipal climate action. The priority for action is based on issues associated with the efficient management of water and its circularity, with a special focus on the Urban Water Cycle (UWC) and the prevention of scarcity situations, based on timely planning, mitigating the impacts and consequences associated with this resource and increasing knowledge to support decision-making. As such, the municipality of Loulé recognises the proactive stance it needs to adopt in order to implement solutions that promote efficient and sustainable management of the water resource.

Thus, with regard to water resources, the current local objectives are:

  • Investing in recognising and valuing the water resource;
  • Investing in infrastructure and equipment to reduce waste and water losses;
  • Developing projects and measures related to the utilisation of rainwater and the reuse of wastewater, as well as water from alternative sources, in a logic of proximity, based on nature-based solutions and/or technological solutions;
  • Support the development of initiatives and actions to raise awareness, education and environmental training on this scarce resource, aimed at different audiences and sectors;
  • Promoting the adoption of more environmentally conscious and informed behaviour in relation to water, setting an example through municipal equipment and good practices;
  • Maintaining and strengthening a participatory local governance model on water, increasing the population’s adaptive capacity and resilience to it.


good practises/initiatives

Municipal Drought Contingency Plan

The development of Loulé’s Municipal Contingency Plan for Periods of Drought (PMCPS) aims to provide the municipality with mechanisms to deal effectively with periods of drought, ensuring that their effects and damage are minimised.

Participated in and approved by the Municipal Assembly on 5 August 2022, Loulé’s PMCPS includes preparedness, prevention and adaptation measures, with medium and long-term time horizons, which should make the different components of the water use chain more resilient. In operational terms, Loulé’s PMCPS includes updating the register of hydraulic infrastructures, geo-referencing and renewing the stock of meters, reviewing the tariff structure, creating measurement and control zones and, at times when the phenomenon is particularly severe, imposing restrictions on the water consumption of the largest consumers and/or temporarily suspending public facilities.

You can consult the Summary of the Loulé's PMCPS (PT) here and the full document (PT) here.

Water Efficiency and Improved Management of the Municipal Water Distribution System

Declaration of Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Water Services

"Na Piscina Cuidamos da Água" Project

Water Efficiency in Schools

Reuse of Treated Wastewater

"Jardim das Comunidades" Project

Network of Circular Cities "CAPT2 - Circularidade da Água: Por Todos e Para Todos"

"Aqui Cuidamos da Água" Campaign

Queda do Vigário waterfall

Queda do Vigário waterfall

Environmental education project “Para Além da Água – Vida na Ribeira”

Environmental education project “Para Além da Água – Vida na Ribeira”


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how to contribute

It is urgent to manage it more efficiently and we all have an important contribution to make.

Water is one of the natural resources most affected by climate change.


Owners or holders of plots of beds and banks in watercouses, on private fronts and outside the urban agglomeration, have the obligation to maintain their good condition and conservation, and shall proceed with their regularization, cleaning and unblocking of the watercourses, in order to guarantee conditions for the flow of liquid and solid in normal or extreme hydrological situations.


At home, keep drains, gutters, downspouts, terraces, balconies and patios clean.


If a tap is leaking, get it fixed right away.


Do not wash dishes with the tap always running water.


Opt for a shower instead of an immersion bath.


Irrigate early in the morning or at night to avoid water loss.


You can use the fruit and vegetable washing water for watering plants.


Use a more efficient toilet flusher. Use it only when necessary.


While brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap.


Always use the washing machines and dishwashers with a full charge.


To clean the streets and balconies, use a broom.