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A high-level emergency that Acea Ato 5 teams and engineers were able to resolve within 24/48 hours, allowing services to resume.
Last week, Acea Ato 5 emergency services were prompted into action by the extreme weather conditions that severely affected the Comino Valley. Engineers and workers had to carry out numerous interventions to repair and restore services following the landslides and disruptions caused by the weather in the mountain areas of Settefrati, Picinisco and Villa Latina.
The bad weather conditions affected also areas in the Municipalities of Ferentino, Alatri, Pescosolido, Piglio, Fumone, Veroli, Arpino, Alvito, Arnara, Vallerotonda and Casalvieri, where the extreme force of the water flooded and damaged the sewage systems.
Due to the vastness of the area affected and the complexity of certain situations, the Water Provider had to manage multiple simultaneous interventions involving great organizational and operational efforts.
The main problems, which caused the interruption of the water supply, occurred in the mountain areas of the Comino Valley, where a landslide hit the Canneto-Settefrati feeding piping system and the distribution piping systems of Valle Porcina and Via del Casale, in Picinisco. In the early hours of the morning, emergency teams of expert engineers were called to a barely accessible mountain area to repair the broken pipes that caused the interruption of the water supply in a number of municipalities. The gravity of the situation required the intervention of numerous teams.
The bad weather and landslides also temporarily affected the purity of the water of the San Biagio Saracinisco and Madonna di Canneto springs, where water in some cases appeared cloudy: Acea Ato 5 immediately reported the incident to the relevant Municipalities and Bodies, including the Local Health Agency (ASL), for them to take any necessary measures, and at the same time sent its specialized personnel to carry out checks, take samples at crucial points of the water network, and assess water purity, sending updates to the Municipalities and Bodies involved, and recommending the use of water only for hygiene and sanitation purposes, for as long as necessary.
Once this first stage of the emergency was under control – and after carrying out the interventions necessary to resolve all the main issues – engineers, workers, and companies moved on to address smaller problems, ensuring the resumption of all compromised services.
Now, damage assessment is underway to determine the extent of the damage that these events – increasingly more frequent – caused to the water, sewer, and water treatment infrastructures. In many cases, the damage was caused by landslides and other events that at the moment make managing plants and systems particularly difficult.
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