Water Supply Companies in Andalucia

In Andalucia, the municipalities are responsible for the provision of domestic water. © Michelle Chaplow
In Andalucia, the municipalities are responsible for the provision of domestic water.

Water Supply Companies in Costa del Sol and Andalucia

The municipalities are responsible for the provision of domestic water supply and sewerage services in Andalucia according to Law 7/1985, of 2 April 1985. These services may be provided directly by the local authority itself, or they may be provided by a municipal public company with share capital owned exclusively by the local authority. The service may also be provide by a contract with private companies.

Higher level water supply companies owned by groups of town halls (Mancomunidad) often manage water collection, purification and distribution to the town halls.

ACOSOL Empresa pública de aguas de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Occidental. 
AXARAGUA   Empresa de Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol-Axarquía.
 ARCGISA   Empresa pública de servicios de la Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar.

 

Residential water supply is the towns

SACYR Agua Aguas del Valle del Guadiaro
Malaga city EMASA  Empresa Municipal Aguas de Málaga 
Torremolinos AQUAGEST SUR ASTOSAM   
Benalmadena town EMABESA / AQUALIA    
Benalmaden municipality ACOSOL  Empresa pública de aguas de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Occidental.
Fuengirola Gest Agua   
Mijas Pueblo MIJAGUA  
Mijas Costa ACOSOL Empresa pública de aguas de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Occidental.
Marbella Hidralia Gestión Integral de Aguas de Andalucía, S.A. 
Benahavis Aguas de Benahavis  
Estepona Hidralia   Gestión Integral de Aguas de Andalucía, S.A.
Casares ACOSOL Empresa pública de aguas de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Occidental.
Manilva Hidralia   Gestión Integral de Aguas de Andalucía, S.A.
     
Sotogrande SACYR Aguas Aguas del Valle del Guadiaro
San Roque  ARCGISA Empresa pública de servicios de la Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar.
La Linea AQUALIA  
Los Barios  ARCGISA Empresa pública de servicios de la Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar.
Algeciras city AQUALIA  
Algeciras district  ARCGISA Empresa pública de servicios de la Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar.

Utilities - Water Companies - Procedure

If you take up residence or buy a property in Andalucia, amongst other services you will obviously need a water supply to your property. In a country where drought is not unknown, the issue of water is taken seriously.

The normal way forward is to sign a contract with a local water company, which will have an agreement with the local Town Hall. In most towns it is a monopoly consession. If you have bought a property, the seller should have supplied you with the most recent bills paid to the utilities company and so you will know which one to contact. If in doubt, you can always ask at the local Town Hall. Once you know the company concerned, the best thing is to go along to their offices to sign a contract and arrange future payments for the water supply. You will normally be required to provide the following:

  • Photocopy of the title deed (Escritura) of the property in your name.
  • Photocopy of your passport or Spanish ID card (or TIE/NIE)
  • Official Water installation Certificate (Boletin del agua) that a certified plumber will issue after checking the installations.
  • The contract fee (likely to be approximately 150 - 200 Euros)
  • Your bank details so that the bills can be paid by direct debit each month or two-months.

In the case of a property which is part of a macro-community (eg Sotogrande, Los Flamengos, Calahonda), there may also be payments to the macro-community for the maintenance of the community infrastructure.  Although this adds a little more cost to your water bills, in times of water shortage, communities with their own water bore hole supply or storage often have water, when other homes are affected. If there is a payment find out if it is a fixed sum or a surcharge on the water meter usage. 

The structure for water utility payment will depend on the area. In Costa del Sol towns householders pay for metered water to the concession holder directly (eg Hidralia). Examine the line items on the water bill. There is a canon paid to Acosol, (Empresa pública de aguas de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de las Costa del Sol Occidental). For several years since 2013 there was also a small canon paid to the Junta de Andalucia for new infrastructure projects, however since the fund was never used this was abolished in 2021. The sewage dispoal (alcantaria or aguas residuales) is usually paid separately and collected by the Diputacion de Malaga along with the IBI tax and the basura (dust bin collection).     

2023 household prices
Hidralia in Estepona charge 0.28 € per m3 for up to 21m3 (per quarter), thereafter 0.56€ per m3. 
Desalinacion surcharge is 0.18€ per m3.
Sewage service is charged at 0.18€ per m3 (of metered supplied water).
Junta Andalucia purification surcharge is 0.10€ and 0.20€ per m3 as above.
Acosol charge 0.2458€ and 0.3152€ per m3 as above
Estepona town hall improvements canon is 0.24€ per m3
This totals about 1.30€ per m3.

2024 office prices
Sevice standing charge is 33.60e per quarter. Hidralia in Estepona charge 0.77 € per m3 for up to 75m3 (per quarter)
Local Improvements (Desalinacion) surcharge is 0.25€ and 0.27€ per m3.
Sewage service is charged at 2.31€ per m3 (of metered supplied water).
Junta Andalucia purification surcharge is 0.25€ per m3 supplied water.
Acosol charge 0.2458€ per m3
This totals about 1.30€ per m3.
all plus IVA @ 10%

Junta de Andalucia charged an 'Andalucia infrastructure improvements' (water treatment works) canon via water bills since 2010 of 1€ per user per month plus 0.10€ per m3 for consumption of between 2 and 10 m3 per household per month, 0.20€ per m3 for consumption 10 and 18 m3 per household per month, 0.60€ per m3 for consumption above 18 m3 per household per month. By 2019 the Junta had 900m€ of revenue that had not been invested. They decided to suspend this canon in 2023 and then it was reintroduced in 2024 at 0.25€ per m3 for offices.