Florence Conference (I): Planning and modelling sanitation networks

04 January 2016
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The morning session at the conference entitled “Sanitation and town planning: from the network to the treating process”, held in Florence, diverse issues were covered relating to planning and modelling sanitation networks.

The seminar was presented by Ricardo Gori, Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) at the University of Florence.
Later, Andrea Cappelli, Head of the Planning and Monitoring Service at the Water Authority of Tuscany, gave a speech focusing on planning at regional level of integral water services in Tuscany (water supply, sanitation and purifying waste waters). The role of the Water Authority of Tuscany and of the new Plan for Tuscany, the chief regulating and planning instrument for investment in the integral water cycle, was detailed in full.

Juan Luis Sobreira Seoane, Director of the SANePLAN Project, presented the project, explaining its stage of development. He explained how the project will improve the management of sanitation through the Information System orientated towards integrating sanitation and its elements (both the networks and the WWTS) in town planning. A software application designed to deal with the participation of numerous agents and territories, which allows for planning in terms of current needs and forecasts for the future according to the conditioning factors of cost, environmental protection, population and climatic change.

The engineer, Giacomo Barni, at PHSIS-WEST SYSTEMS srl, presented the results of the hydraulic modelling of the sanitation network in the municipal district of Chiesina Uzzanese (pilot of SANePLAN in Italy), conducted with the SWMM software by the EPA.

The last speaker of the morning was the engineer, Simone Lippi, from the R&D Department – Processes Modelling, at the company Ingegniere Toscane srl. He presented the first study to quantify the carbon footprint based on the life cycle of water (LCA), ranging from capturing, distributing and consumption, to its subsequent treatment and discharging into the environment. He also presented a study CarboAcqua), that set out to obtain certification for the carbon footprint of water distributed to users by Acque Spa.


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