Pareglio: ‘Italy’s black jersey for consumption and waste of water’

In Italy, the average daily water consumption per capita exceeds 200 liters, while to be in line with the European average it should be between 170 and 180 liters“. To say it is Stefano Pareglio, Catholic University professor and president of the Utilitatis Foundation, present at the presentation of the research ‘Esg Finance and the water sector’, carried out by ETicaNews with the support of Gruppo Cap and Assolombarda.

The situation gets even worse when looking at the dispersion of drinking water – continues Pareglio – it has in fact reached 42%. Any reduction in this waste would already be significant, but the dispersion rate to be achieved is 25%. According to what emerged from the studies conducted by the Utilitatis Foundation – adds the president of the Foundation – from 2012 onwards investments in the water sector have increased, today we are at around 46 euros per capita per year. Unfortunately, however, these values ​​correspond to about half of what is invested on average in Europe (about 90 euros) “.

“So, although ours is a country that has evident infrastructural delays in the use of this resource, it is also the country that is currently able to invest less. For all these reasons – concludes Pareglio – it is necessary to intervene not only with the injection of resources but also by modifying the governance systems that take into account the stringent criteria for the sustainability of the water cycle“.