Vitoria-Gasteiz, European Green Capital in 2012
Size of the municipality: 276 km²
Inhabitants: 239.361 citizens
The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz will be the testing ground of the innovative irrigation systems developed within the framework of IRRIGESTLIFE.
Vitoria-Gasteiz has 1,091 ha of public green areas (32.67% of the city’s urban area). Nearly 100% of the citizens of Vitoria-Gasteiz live within 300 m of open public zones and green spaces. Such a green network extends over the entire city and interconnects an excellent offer of gardens, parks, avenues, boulevards and plazas, linking these to the Green Belt and the surrounding countryside.
Moreover, the fact that the Green Belt surrounds the urban area completely, guarantees the presence, tangibility and accessibility of nature in each of the city’s districts.
2009 data shows that Vitoria-Gasteiz consumes about 59.4 million litres of water each day, 688 litres per second. Domestic consumption accounts for approximately 59.30% of total consumption billed in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a rate that has suffered little variation in the last ten years; industries and services account for 23.32%; and the remaining 17.38% is consumed by municipal services and facilities.
Despite these high figures, since 2001 the total domestic water demand has decreased from 130.84 litres per capita/day in 2001, to 117.29 litres per capita/day in 2009.