WE FOSTER INNOVATION TO HELP DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES.

The Agbar water group to which we belong, has a firm company philosophy with a strong commitment to continuous process improvement, quality excellence, technological innovation and adaptation of new technologies to society.

Innovation takes place through a network of researchers organised by committees who propose new services and products adapted to different contexts and customer needs: the Innovation Committee, responsible for coordinating the group’s R&D+i strategy, and the Abgar Technical Committee, which represents and coordinates the R&D+i business unit of Agbar water. We also have technical committees, which are responsible for tracking the activities of the Agbar water company.

Agbar water actively participates in international projects with the aim of developing new technology to improve and develop relations related to R&D&I.

Since 2006, we are part of R&I Alliance (www.ri-alliance.com), a company that harnesses the synergies and compatibilities between the companies that form it, co-developing projects and initiatives in R&D&I.

R&I Alliance consists of five internationally renowned companies in the integrated water cycle field: Suez Environnement (France), Lyonnaise des Eaux (France), United Water (USA.), Northumbrian Water (UK) and the Agbar group. Its mission is to select, fund and coordinate the implementation of research and innovation projects of common interest to member companies, always with the aim of joining forces and sharing common goals in R&D in the field of integrated cycle water.

From the knowledge management area we encourage the creation, exchange and use of relevant knowledge, establishing the necessary distribution channels for the exchange between users of the group and its sectors.

  • The R&D&I intranet is an internal platform for the management of R&D&I which provides services to project managers, coordinators of corporate R&D&I and, in general, to all users of the intranet website.
  • The R&D&I report (download the report) summarizes the activities that have taken place in the group companies.
  • The R&D&I Management at Agbar Water submit annual R&D&I projects during the Agbar Innovation week. They present the most important R&D&I project results of the year. It is a forum where the government, business and the scientific world meet in oreder to help reinforce the importance of innovation in our industry.

Agbar Water companies actively participate in major national and international associations related to the management of the urban water cycle. Agbar was the founder of the AEAS: Spanish Water Supply and Sanitation Association (http://www.aeas.es/), the Spanish association of companies involved in various aspects of the integrated water cycle. EMATSA is also a member of ASAC and the Tarragona Chamber of Commerce.

We are also part of the following major international organisations:

EUREAU, European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services, the European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Sanitation.(http://www.eureau.org/).

IWA, International Water Association (http://www.iwahq.org/), a global network of professionals, from researchers to technicians of all aspects of the water cycle.

AQUAFED, The International Federation of Private Water Operators (http://www.aquafed.org/), is an association created to connect international organisations with private sector providers of water and sanitation services.

WSSTP, Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform, a platform which unites and finds common postures between industry, research organisations, financial institutions, government and end-users involved in water supply and sanitation in Europe.

EMATSA has a laboratory for global technical health testing of their water, to ensure the highest sanitary quality including both collected and distributed water. The extensive experience of the company is proven in the area of supply and the environment.

From here the drinking water is controlled, plus groundwater, surface water and leakage, whether wastewater, urban or industrial as well as solid waste.

To carry out this work, EMATSA has the “Laboratory Information Management System” (LIMS), a software tool to support the System Quality Assurance function.

It also monitors and controls industrial waste water leakage and the control of municipal sewage. The aim of this programme is to inform industrial companies and to comply with the Municipal Environment bye-law, ensuring the EDAR process of returning effluent waters to their origin.

These measures include a technical visit and sending of the technical report to the interested party, covering a large number of establishments. As far as the control of the municipal sewage system is concerned, their goal is the sampling and characterisation of the residual effluent in the sewage pipes.

To carry out this programme, technicians are equipped with a mobile laboratory, a technological tool of the highest order, capable of operating with agility at the exact point of origin of the leak.

Overall, the field of activity of our laboratory involves several activities, such as quality control of our own and others’ supplies, water analysis: bath, bottled water and wells, analysis of public swimming pools, leakage control, sampling and much more.

Currently, the lab of Ematsa has won several awards, certifications and accreditations that denote the rigour and prestige it has achieved with its work.

The desire to establish a system of quality management by the EMATSA Laboratory led to it becoming an accredited laboratory by ENAC (National Accreditation Entity) since 1998, initially to EN 45001 and subsequently by UNE -ISO17025, which replaced it with 142/LE354 file number. Accreditation according to this standard confirms the technical competence of the laboratory and guarantees the reliability of test results and calibrations performed as well as sampling and all other tasks carried out. The test reports issued by the laboratory which include parameters that are included in the scope of the ENAC accreditation appear with the brand of the organisation.