The objective of the study carried out in 2009, commissioned by the Rural Development Area of the General Directorate for the Environment, was to identify and characterize the irrigation systems existing in the Community of Madrid at that time.
For its execution, it was based on numerous existing documentation, consisting of studies and reports, alphanumeric and cartographic databases that had to be reviewed and, where appropriate, systematized for treatment.
All this information was transferred to a Geographic Information System (GIS) that allows it to be managed interactively or to a database (in Access format), which complement each other.
The treatment carried out allowed dividing the existing irrigation systems into a series of homogeneous irrigation units for their study and characterization.
Additionally, and as a complement to the characterization, an identification of the main problems that beset irrigation in Madrid and a basic evaluation of the corrective actions was carried out.
The territorial scope that delimited the works carried out included in the study corresponded to the territorial limits of the Community of Madrid. Therefore, the study includes all existing irrigation systems in the autonomous community. Both private irrigation and those that have been promoted at the initiative of the Spanish State were included, regardless of the origin and type of water resource used in them, surface water, groundwater, regenerated or mixed.