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#prixalpiq

The 1st edition of the #prixalpiq brought together 18 sustainable water management projects sponsored by 21 Valais communes. The projects submitted address issues from many fields, such as agriculture, energy and tourism. They propose concrete solutions for irrigation, access to drinking water, wastewater management, water pollution reduction, energy production and automation, in order to preserve water resources and optimise their management. The judging panel, composed of 12 Valais personalities, selected the winners of this first edition.

Winner 2021

  • Project initiators: Commune of Salgesch, Cordonier & Rey SA 
  • Project name: “Erneuerung Gesamt-Bewässerung Salgesch” 
  • Aim: To optimise the irrigation networks in the Salgesch commune and reduce the water requirements of local agriculture by up to 40%
  • Reward: CHF 40,000
  • Contact: y.reymail@cordonier-reyweb.ch, gilles.floreymail@salgeschweb.ch

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The project, developed by the company Cordonier & Rey SA and sponsored by the commune of Salgesch, addresses the problem of water shortage affecting the commune. The objective of this pilot project is to reduce the water needs of local agriculture, as part of the development of the Lienne-Raspille project. The latter aims to address water shortages in 7 communes in the Sierre region (Icogne, Lens, Crans-Montana, Noble-Contrée, Sierre, Salgesch and Varen) by storing water in the Tseuzier dam.
The #prixalpiq will enable the commune of Salgesch to set up a new irrigation system that will reduce water requirements by 20 to 40%. This state-of-the-art project will replace obsolete irrigation systems with an innovative drip irrigation system coupled with resonant water treatment that measures soil moisture in real time and provides access to a coordinated irrigation schedule (Aqua4D technology).
Once the pilot phase is completed (one agricultural season), it could then be replicated in the other communes of the Lienne-Raspille project to optimise their irrigation networks. On a larger scale, it will enable communes to work together to respond to the effects of climate change.

“Winner of hearts” 2021

  • Project initiators: Commune of Val de Bagnes, Droople SA, in partnership with EPFL and ALTIS Groupe SA
  • Project name: WaSTeLeSS (Water savings and termination of Leakage through Smart Sensors network)
  • Aim: To raise awareness of water use in Val de Bagnes and reduce drinking water consumption by up to 20%
  • Reward: CHF 10,000 
  • Contact: ramzimail@droopleweb.com

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Droople SA's "WaSTeLeSS" project, developed in partnership with EPFL and ALTIS Groupe SA and supported by Innosuisse, offers an innovative service – a digital platform for the management of water-consuming equipment – that allows for more transparent and efficient management of water and its consumption. The service, based on a consumer-pays model, reduces overall cold and hot water consumption in buildings where it is used by an average of 20%. Thanks to #prixalpiq, this platform, already operational in a test environment, will be deployed at the Espace Saint-Marc in Le Châble – a space that welcomes more than 40,000 visitors per year – in partnership with the commune of Val de Bagnes. Visitors will be informed about the amount of water they use and will therefore become aware of the impact of their actions. It should be noted that user awareness can reduce water consumption by 10 to 15%. 
The project establishes a new model of collaboration with the water and energy provider and distributor ALTIS Groupe SA, in order to offer services that correspond to the needs of the final consumer according to the "consumer-pays" model.

Further projects 2021

Clean-up of the Bisse Roux

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Anniviers, PATRICK EPINEY Ingénieur Sàrl
  • Description: Refilling of the bisse in order to irrigate agricultural areas, intercept runoff, manage torrent flows, limit flood risks and provide an additional solution in case of fires.
  • Contact: infomail@patrickepineyweb.ch

Better sustainable management of drinking water

  • Project initiators: Municipalities of Anniviers, St-Martin and Törbel, HES-SO Valais Wallis
  • Description: Survey and mapping of existing drinking water sources and development of a monitoring tool to provide an overview of water resources, analyse their use, optimise their management and identify energy potential. 
  • Contact: stephane.genoudmail@hevsweb.ch

WalliserSchiäber

  • Project initiators: Municipalities of Ausserberg and Eischoll, Stahleinbau GmbH and Imboden Elektromechanik AG
  • Description: With the new "WalliserSchiäber" system, the operation of the valves is fully automated. The time and effort required is considerably reduced thanks to a remote control system. A solar cell stores the necessary control energy in a battery. This guarantees the operation of the valve for several days, even in bad weather. For more information: www.walliserschiäber.ch
  • Contact: brunner.ninomail@stahleinbauweb.ch

Water regulation

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Zwischbergen 
  • Description: Control and automation of the water flow by means of electronic valves between the Zwischbergen and Gondo reservoirs in order to optimise water management and reduce water consumption.
  • Contact: gemeindemail@gondoweb.ch

Preliminary study on the efficient management of water resources for agricultural use on a regional scale

  • Project initiators: Municipalities of Chalais, Chippis, Grône and Sierre, PATRICK EPINEY Ingénieur Sàrl
  • Description: Inventory of current irrigation and identification of the best irrigation equipment to allow: efficient and rational water management, optimisation of water consumption, reduction of losses and wastage and preservation of aquatic environments.
  • Contact: infomail@patrickepineyweb.ch

Vallon de Barme – installation of a drinking water treatment system

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Champéry, Association for the protection and development of the Barme valley
  • Description: Installation of a filter (slow sand filtration - KLS® technology) and a tank to purify the water of the hamlet of Barme. The aim is to allow the many visitors to enjoy nature without harming the environment or their health.
  • Contact: contactmail@vallondebarmeweb.com

Vorthy

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Dorénaz, Romain Lugon
  • Description: Production of hydroelectric energy from the Rhône with the installation of a micro plant (with a 300 kW Vortex turbine) in order to provide direct energy to the municipality, while preserving the environment.
  • Contact: lurmail@hydro-exploitationweb.ch

Combioula thermal water

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Hérémence, mjd architectes SA
  • Description: Water from the Combioula aquifer is the key resource for the energy (district heating and turbines) and thermal (baths and treatments) operations of the entire Dixence Resort hotel and residential complex.
  • Contact: jean-daniel.massereymail@mjdweb.ch

Turbining of irrigation water from the Combe de l'A

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Liddes, Dransenergie SA
  • Description: Construction of a water intake, a penstock to the current reservoir, and then a turbine room (using the fall imposed by the place of abstraction) in order to meet the irrigation needs of the municipality.
  • Contact: administrationmail@liddesweb.ch
    james.derivazmail@dransenergieweb.ch

Phyto ZERO

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Riddes, RedElec Technologie SA, NVTerra SA
  • Description: Innovative electrochemical water treatment technology to improve the pre-treatment of phytosanitary residues in farmers' machinery washing stations. The objective is zero discharge of pollutants and limited use of chemical products. 
  • Contact: infomail@redelecweb.ch

UVC – a resource-saving alternative to pesticides

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Salgesch, Aquanetto Group GmbH
  • Description: Innovative vineyard treatment with a fungicide-free UV-C irradiation system to protect the water from undesirable inputs related to the use of plant protection products. System adapted to the topography of the Valais vineyards. 
  • Contact: guidal.kohlermail@gmailweb.com; www.aquanetto.ch

FISHLAB-CH

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Sion, Corealis sàrl
  • Description: In order to assess the effects of climate change, development of a standardised observation network of fish flows in various Swiss rivers using innovative technology that respects the fauna and allows for significant data acquisition.
  • Contact: damien.sidlermail@corealisweb.ch

BONNALTIS

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Val de Bagnes, ALTIS Groupe SA
  • Description: Construction of a mini waste water treatment plant for the hamlet of Bonatchiesse, required for compliance with the renovation of mayens. This measure supports the maintenance of the hamlet while respecting water protection requirements.
  • Contact: alexandre.gilliozmail@altisweb.swiss

Revitalisation of the milling sites on the Vétroz plain

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Vétroz, PATRICK EPINEY Ingénieur Sàrl
  • Description: Reopening of milling channels (lowland irrigation channels) to irrigate agricultural areas, to feed future water bodies, to create plantations and structures supporting biodiversity.
  • Contact: olivier.cottagnoudmail@vetrozweb.ch; infomail@patrickepineyweb.ch

Drinking water and irrigation water MZS Gornerli

  • Project initiators: Municipality of Zermatt
  • Description: Assessing the possibility of using a reservoir (as part of the MZS Gornerli project – multifunctional reservoir project downstream of the Gorner glacier) to meet the future drinking water and irrigation needs of the Matter and Visp valleys.
  • Contact: romy.binermail@zermattweb.ch

For the sustainable management of water resources – together with Valais municipalities

In the coming decades, water management will be a major challenge – for agriculture, energy, tourism, drinking water, and the environment. This is especially true for the canton of Valais, considered Switzerland’s reservoir.

Alpiq launched the #prixalpiq, in partnership with the Association des communes concédantes du Valais (ACC), with the aim of conserving and recycling this precious resource. The prize will be awarded annually to a project promoting a more sustainable use of water and led by a municipality in the canton of Valais. The winner will receive a financial contribution as well as support from Alpiq, who will work with them for a year to help implement the project.

The #prixalpiq is open not only to municipalities but also to universities of applied sciences, design offices, and anyone with an idea or project relating to water. Those interested should ask a municipality to sponsor them and submit a joint application to #prixalpiq.

Who can take part?

#prixalpiq is open to all municipalities in the canton of Valais. They can:

  • Submit a project themselves

  • Sponsor and submit a project put forward by students or researchers from universities of applied studies, design offices, companies, or individuals 

Universities of applied studies and design offices with projects related to water and its sustainable use are invited to contact Valais municipalities to ask for sponsorship.

What are the prizes?

  • The winner of #prixalpiq will be awarded a prize worth CHF 40,000. The judging panel will decide on the nature of the prize depending on the selected project.  The winner will receive a minimum of CHF 20,000 in cash, with the remainder of the prize potentially being awarded in the form of coaching.

  • The runner-up, the Judge’s choice award, will receive a prize of CHF 10,000 in cash.

How can I take part?

All applications must be electronic and sent via email to: prixalpiqmail@alpiqweb.com or via application form by 31 May 2021.

Applications must include the following documents:

  • The application form duly completed, signed and dated (available either in online format or downloadable in Word format (in the "Useful documents" section)

  • Extract from the commercial register if the project leader is a company

  • Business plan in French or German (maximum length: 10 A4 pages), describing the project and including all information required to complete it. The business plan must include:

    • how water will be managed sustainably

    • project opportunities and risks

    • overall project cost

    • project implementation schedule 

    • expected benefits for the sponsoring municipality

  • Business plan summary in French or German (maximum length: three A4 pages)

What are the selection and assessment criteria?

The selection criteria are:

  • The project is related to water, a resource for various sectors: energy, agriculture, tourism, environment, drinking water, and so on.

  • The project recycles, conserves, and improves the use of water resources in a sustainable way.

  • The project is submitted by one or multiple Valais municipalities and will take place in this municipality/these municipalities.

Only projects which meet these selection criteria will be submitted to the judging panel for consideration. They will be assessed by the panel according to following criteria:

  • Level of sustainability 

  • Soundness of the business plan

  • Feasibility

  • Competency of the project leader or leaders

  • Economic and social benefits for the municipality where the project will be implemented

  • Level of innovation

What are the deadlines?

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.

The #prixalpiq will be awarded for the first time at an official ceremony in October 2021.

Useful documents

The application form can be completed either online or by completing the Word file and sending this to prixalpiqmail@alpiqweb.com:

The jury

Alpiq takes action

As a hub for hydropower generation, the Valais is at the heart of Alpiq’s work and in its DNA. We’ve been using this energy source for over a century and we work with the Valais municipalities to manage their water resources.

In the face of global warming, managing the challenges around water and its many roles is going to be both crucial and increasingly complex. This resource, essential for the canton’s growth and its residents’ wellbeing, needs to be conserved and recycled.

With the #prixalpiq, we wanted to give municipalities and their partners hands-on support with their work on sustainable and efficient water management.

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