PerFORM WATER 2030 – An innovative project pathway for water utilities towards an integrated approach for water cycle management and its circular valorization

In the framework of the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and the Lombardy Region Call Accordi per la Ricerca e l'Innovazione1, Gruppo CAP, the sole operator of the Integrated Water Service for the Metropolitan City of Milan which serves more than 2 thousand citizens, has been recently awarded this Innovation Call with a project named PerFORM WATER 2030 - Platform for Integrated Operation Research and Management of Public Water towards 2030.

This project will last for a period of 30 months but it has also the ambitious goal to create a long-term experimental platform to redesign the current water infrastructure into a broad natural and engineered system increasing water resource efficiency and circularity. PerFORM WATER 2030 intends to create a diffused platform within Gruppo CAP plants (Fig. 1 – involved demo sites) for research, development and validation of innovative technologies, processes and knowledge/decision-making tools, in order to assure an increasingly efficient management of the Integrated Water Service.

Fig. 1 – PerFORM WATER 2030 demo sites

The strategic partnership is composed by 8 industrial companies with an important role in the eco-industry field, in addition to the project Coordinator Gruppo CAP, and 3 Universities and Research Institutes as essential support for all the experimentations and which will closely collaborate with the industrial partners (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2 – PerFORM WATER 2030 overall partnership