Webuild launches ‘Water for life’, a project for the construction of desalination plants

On the starting platforms the proposal of Webuild for a project aimed at finding a definitive solution to the serious scarcity of water that grips the country in a structural and not episodic way, looking at the long cycle of global warming. The Group is in fact developing a project that will shortly be presented to the government and institutions, with concrete solutions to be implemented in the short term, through the construction of desalination plants that produce drinking water from sea waterto remedy the dramatic need for water in a stable and structural way, aligning Italy with the standards of countries that have already invested in desalination plants for the production of drinking water, also through Italian technologies and know-how.

“Relying on the Group’s enormous worldwide experience in water over its entire production cycle including the desalination technique, we want to promote an integrated project that will allow the country to solve this endemic problem which is getting worse and worse. Our subsidiary Fisia has already built most of the desalination plants in operation in the Middle Eastmaking life possible in cities ripped from the desert like Abu Dhabi or in water-intensive cities like Dubai. Water scarcity in Italy is a historical phenomenon and not just a temporary one linked to climate change. Immediate and structural intervention is needed to resolve the country’s state of deep water crisis once and for all, taking advantage of the positive momentum for the construction of infrastructures and the experience of institutional and entrepreneurial subjects, which together can be made available to the country. and of the Italians to provide solutions to the problem, also by making use of PNRR resources ”he declares Pietro SaliniCEO of Webuild.

Lack of rain, but also inadequate infrastructures: in Italy, in addition to the reduced water production and the reduced size of a few desalination plants, there is the chronic lack of maintenance of distribution systems and almost 1 billion cubic meters of drinking water is wasted every yearmore than 1/3 of all available water.

In 11 provincial capitals / metropolitan cities, all in the South, rationing measures have been adopted in the distribution of water. The first 7 regions for irregularities in the water supply (percentage of families who declare the absence of water) are Calabria (39%), Sicily (22%), Abruzzo (17%), Campania (16%), Molise (15%) , Sardinia (13%), Lazio (12%). 32% of the population complains of a shortage of drinking water, for an estimated value of about half a billion cubic meters per year. This demand could be satisfied by the guaranteed production of water produced through sea water desalination plants, as happens in many countries around the world.

Italy today has a production of 4% of desalinated water compared to total consumption (in Spain it is 56%; in Australia it is 26%) made mainly with small plants in the smaller islands (Lipari, Elba, Ischia, …), despite being a peninsula bathed by several seas. The Webuild Group, one of the world leaders in infrastructures in the water sector, active in the entire water cycle, from the supply for drinking and irrigation purposes to the final treatment of waste water, has identified solutions to the country’s water crisis with the construction of desalination plants , which has already been carried out for decades in many arid areas of the world.

With Fisia Italimpianti, Webuild is a world leader in sustainable design and construction of water treatment and desalination plants, with a production of 6,000,000 m3 / day of treated water, which meets the needs of 20 million every day. of people around the world. The Group also built a very complex plant in Nevada in 2016, to quench the thirst of the city of Las Vegas. The hydraulic tunnel no. 3 of Lake Mead today guarantees the supply of drinking water to nearly 2 million residents in the city of Las Vegas and surrounding areas, through an articulated system of withdrawal and transport of the waters of Lake Mead.