“The water issue is fundamental, Italy consumes 30 billion cubic meters of water a year and the main part is dedicated to agriculture. Today water is still considered a “non-problem”, but we have old aqueducts, such as in Rome, with over 100 years of existence”.
Thus Fabrizio Palermo, CEO of Acea, on the occasion of the Enpaia Forum underway in Rome.
“In Italy the issue is a management one, because for a long time it was not put among the priorities. In the meantime, all the rainwater must be intercepted and the reservoir project is fundamental. Then there is the infrastructural issue, which is fundamental, including the creation of a national network, where today even regional ones are missing. A regulatory update is needed, because we have been stagnant for 30 years. The ATOs are too small today, they must be updated so as to optimize the resource.
Furthermore, there are too many industrial operators, the small ones are unable to innovate. Today we waste a lot of water, but we cannot measure it, investments are needed, including the creation of individual meters.
We must think about artificial intelligence, which consumes a lot of water: for this reason we must invest in data infrastructures. The other issue is the reuse of water: the treated water is perfectly drinkable, but large investments are needed, which are possible today at low costs and in a short time.”