Water segment - Overwiew
The scope of reference includes the companies Acea Ato 2, Acea Ato 5 and Gesesa. Acque, Gori 114, Acquedotto del Fiora, Publiacqua and Umbra Acque, water companies not included in the scope of the Consolidated Non-Financial Statement (pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 254/2016). They have been included only in the area of reporting of water graphs, where their contribution is immediately evident, and in a few other global data (water fed into the system and analytical calculations). Specific data concerning these companies are provided in a separate chapter, Water Company data sheets and overseas activities.
Of all the Group’s core businesses, the management of water in all phases of the integrated water service is one of the most important. The activities are carried out with a growing focus, in line with the greater attention to water resources at an international level. The protection of the resource is expressed in the priority of recovering losses (see the box in the paragraph Attention to water consumption), in the already mentioned protection of springs (paragraph Protection of the local region) and searches for new springs and also in an increasingly precise monitoring of water consumption, seeking to reduce it.
The total pool of users served in Italy by the Group 115 is about 8.6 million inhabitants, with volumes of drinking water fed into the network in 2018 equal to about 1,260 million cubic metres.
The volumes of drinking water introduced by Acea Ato 2, Acea Ato 5 and Gesesa amounted to 721 million cubic metres, with a total supply of 382 million cubic metres for 4.3 million inhabitants served. For specific data on the three companies, see the Environmental Accounts.
In Ato 2 - Central Lazio alone, comprising the city of Rome and 111 other municipalities – of which 79 116 under management at 31 December 2018 – the volume of water fed into the network serving the approximately 3.7 million inhabitants, was approximately 600 million cubic metres (of which 438 million cubic metres in the “historical network” of Rome and Fiumicino)117
CHART NO. 44 - THE WATER DISTRIBUTION NETWORK OF THE GROUP IN ITALY (2018)
115 As specified at the start of the chapter, the data of the total inhabitants served by the water business, of the volume fed into the network, and the size of the networks and checks on the water (shown in special graphs) include all the operational companies in the Group, also those not included within the scope of the Consolidated Non-Financial Statement.
116 In 17 other municipalities the integrated water service was managed partially.
117 The items of the water balance of the past three years were calculated using the calculation criteria supplied by ARERA.