Águas de Portugal (AdP) was established in 1993, in accordance with private commercial law, with public shareholders, focusing on developing multi-municipal systems for water supply and wastewater treatment with the aim of overcoming the fragmentation that characterized these sectors, a necessary condition for reaching its intended goal.
Up until then, there had been just one case of integration of operations for several administrative divisions. It was EPAL, the company that at the time supplied water to some 20 municipalities of the Greater Lisbon area, and now integrates AdP Group as one of its business units.
In 2000, all Portuguese government owned environmental subsidiaries were integrated into AdP Group, namely EGF and all its waste companies, creating a new business unit. As sector fragmentation was overcome, AdP coordinated activities within its subsidiaries to bring about progress towards the national objectives.
More recently, it became clear that the multi-municipal business model needed to be improved. Consequently, a new business approach has been defined and legally approved in the form of a partnership agreement between the State and local authorities. In 2009 two new AdP companies were created with this new legal instrument.
AdP Group currently incorporates more than 40 companies operating in the areas of urban water, wastewater and solid waste services. To support these activities, AdP has a shared services company for areas such as procurement and engineering, and an information services company that develops and implements technical solutions suited to the users’ needs. All the knowhow the Group has accumulated is being shared abroad through an international business unit.
Pursuing a structural role in the Environmental sector, the AdP Group largely contributes to achieve the operational goals set out in the Country’s strategic plans, which are, in the water supply and wastewater sanitation domains, to serve 95% of the Portuguese total population with public water supply systems and 90% with public urban wastewater sanitation systems, and, in the treatment and recovery of waste, to apply a new model for a sustainable management of waste, that discourage landfills deposits and increases the selective collection of packaging materials and biodegradable urban waste.