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Reduction of leakages in water distribution networks, including digitisation and tracking of networks

What is the goal of the investment?

Create at least 25000 km of new networks for the distribution of potable water and reduce water losses, especially in Southern Italy, introducing advanced and digitised control systems that allow for an optimal management of resources, reducing waste and limiting inefficiencies.

Total investment cost 900 million
  • Youth
  • Reduce the gaps in standards of living
Additional details

Italy has a broken down and inefficient management of water resources, with an antiquated distribution system (35% of the pipes are aged between 31 and 50 years old) of scarce efficacy and industrial capacity by the adopting agencies in the water sector, especially in Southern Italy. This summarises the elevated level of water dispersion: in the civilian distribution system, there is an estimated loss of approximately 40% with a higher indication of 50% in Southern Italy.  The project aspires to the upgrading of 25 networks for potable water, digitising and transforming them into an "intelligent network" that favours the optimal management of water resources, reducing loss and waste. The advanced control systems will allow tracking of the flow rate, operating pressures and water quality parameters in the main nodes, but also at the sensitive points of the network.  The Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAFF) will carry out a survey of interventions that can be financed under the NRRP using the National Database of Investments for Irrigation and the Environment (DANIA), which will make it possible to select the various interventions based on objective criteria, such as the amount of guaranteed water savings, the commitment to installing meters to measure the volumes used, the strategic importance of each investment in terms of the planning indications of Local Authorities, and the feasibility of implementing each intervention. 

What are the benefits?

  • At least 25000 km of intelligent, digitised, modern and efficient network.
  • Optimal distribution of water with minimal waste.
  • Losses discovered in a faster and easier manner.
  • Monitoring of the quality of the potable water.
  • New jobs in that sector.

Key steps and Expenses envisaged

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