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In line with the 2030 Agenda, Acea Group contributes with its investments to the achievement of six of these goals, including SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation for all, and places the protection of water resources at the core of its sustainability strategy.
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, signed in September 2015 by the Member States of the United Nations, is an action plan that defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by the year 2030 to ensure a better future for our planet and the people who inhabit it.
To ensure sustainable water management Acea is committed to the responsible and efficient use of this resource, protecting springs and safeguarding natural areas in the territories where it operates. Over time, the Group has carried out numerous initiatives aimed at renewing and modernising the infrastructure serving the water system, also facilitating the remote management of networks and plants, for example through the installation of measurement systems that enable the constant monitoring of certain parameters. This accurate control system makes it possible to identify any anomalies or water leaks, and to plan and anticipate maintenance operations that help preserve and protect the natural resource. Also central to sustainable water management is its recycling, i.e., the process that, after initial use, allows it to be reused in a circular economy perspective.
Acea develops innovative sustainability-oriented solutions to streamline and modernise the water system. The digital technologies and sensors applied by Acea to distribution networks provide a constant overview of the entire water system managed to ensure ever greater operational efficiency.
In addition, the Group is constantly striving to improve the last stage of the integrated water service, i.e., wastewater purification, also aiming at reducing the sludge produced during the purification process itself thanks to the implementation of dryers as well as the adoption and integration of new technologies.
Acea is developing an ecosystem of digital services for the protection of water resources: Waidy.
The project involves the creation of integrated solutions ranging from the installation of IoT sensors (Waidy Connect) to the opening of digital contact points on the territory (Waidy Point).
Within this ecosystem, the Waidy Management System is the digital platform for optimising network management and rationalising water consumption. It enables the centralised monitoring of service continuity, control of network maintenance activities and management of water districts.
Finally, thanks to the company's in-house entrepreneurship programme Innovation Garage, the application Waidy Wow has been created with the aim of raising user awareness regarding responsible water consumption. Through its functions, it is possible to geolocalise the water points available to citizens and tourists - water houses, dispensers, artistic fountains, and drinking fountains - over the territory, monitor their hydration levels, encourage good practices and thus take care of a precious resource such as water.
Acea guarantees the quality of water starting from its collection from the environment, through drinking water processes and throughout its transport and distribution through the Group's companies, monitoring water quality with scheduled and constant analytical sampling. In 2022 alone, 1,538,299 checks were carried out to determine the quality of the water that reaches the users’ taps every day.
Acea is constantly working to reduce leakage through the installation of smart meters, flow and pressure meters, digital controls and sensors. Thanks to these technologies, it is possible to obtain more precise analysis data and consequently ensure continuous infrastructure optimisation work.
Every year, water companies carry out inspection and remediation work on the networks to ensure that they are properly maintained and carry out intensive leakage detection, in particular through the methodology based on water districts.
The resilience of the aqueduct system is crucial to ensure water supply also with a view to combating and adapting to climate change.
In this regard, Acea is carrying out medium- to long-term work on its infrastructure to optimise water management and the safety of its supply.
Of particular note, for example, are the planned and ongoing works on strategic infrastructure, such as the Marcio and Peschiera aqueducts.
The doubling of the Peschiera Capore aqueduct
To ensure the necessary water supply to the city of Rome, Acea intends to double the Peschiera Capore aqueduct by investing in the construction of a second pipeline.
Hydroelectric energy: renewable and clean
Hydroelectric energy is crucial in the transition to renewable forms of power generation, a sector in which the Acea Group operates.
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