PUBLIACQUA, the company that manages water infrastructure in the Medio Valdarno area in Tuscany (central Italy), has awarded ACCIONA Agua a contract to maintain and upgrade the water and sewage networks in several municipalities within the region.
ACCIONA Agua will serve 18 municipalities and approximately 171,000 inhabitants in the areas of Mugello and Valdarno in the province of Florence (municipalities of Pontassieve, Reggello, Rignano, Rufina, San Giovanni Valdarno, San Godenzo, San Piero a Sieve, Scarperia, Terranuova Bracciolini, Vaglia, Vicchio, Barberino di Mugello, Borgo San Lorenzo, Castelfranco di Sopra, Dicomano, Figline Valdarno, Incisa in Val d'Arno and Londa).
The agreement is for three years, with the possibility of a one-year extension, and has a total budget of 35 million euros.
ACCIONA Agua will handle regular and special maintenance of water and sewage infrastructures, including 24-hour emergency operations and extraordinary repairs.
The agreement also provides for upgrade and renovation work on existing water and sewage networks, including excavation work, road repair, installation of mains piping, new domestic connections and maintenance.
In order to ensure the system's efficiency and functionality, ACCIONA Agua will incorporate a comprehensive management system based on new generation SAP software that will optimise operations and material supplies.
PUBLIACQUA, the company in charge of the integrated water system in Florence, has been managing the end-to-end water cycle in the Medio Valdarno area, a key territory in the socio-economic development of the Tuscany region, since 2002. This area concentrates nearly one-third of the total region's population, about 1.3 million people, and includes 46 municipalities in four different provinces.
ACCIONA Agua's presence in Italy dates from 1999 and it has extensive experience in the country, in both construction and operation and maintenance of water treatment infrastructures.
ACCIONA Agua currently has a portfolio of more than 40 projects, including drinking water, desalination and waste water treatment plants. It provides services to more than 2.5 million people in Italy and has over 345 employees in the country.
Among the most emblematic projects of the last few years are the modernization of the water treatment plant in Florence, one of the largest in Italy and the modernization of a treatment plant in the north of Milan.
The company already operates in Piedmont, one of the most important regions of Northern Italy, the service of maintenance and improvement of the sewerage and supply networks of the province of Turin.
On the Pelagie Islands (Pantelleria, Linosa and Lampedusa), the company operates modular desalination plants under a 10-year drinking water supply contract.
The company also carried out major sewage treatment projects in such regions as Sardinia, Lazio, Apulia and Sicily. Among others, the company built the extension of the Guidonia sewage treatment plant in Rome (serving 45,000 people) and the biofiltration plant in Scicli, as well as upgrading several plants in Bari, Nuoro and Bresso.