Water and sustainability

Availability and sustainable management of water

The 2030 Agenda of the United Nations indicates, among its objectives, guaranteeing the availability and sustainable management of water and, at the same time, the reduction of its pollution and the protection and rehabilitation of related ecosystems (mountains, wetlands, rivers, lakes and forests).

These are ambitious - yet necessary - objectives in order not to compromise the possibility for future generations to satisfy their basic needs.
Water is a precious resource that affects many civil and industrial areas and is fundamental for the generation of energy for agriculture, transport, tourism and for many other uses as well.

But its availability it is not infinite and its regeneration takes time.

It is crucial to consider that climate change and new technologies must accompany us towards more sustainable lifestyles and lead us, both personally and as a community, to take on greater responsibility in reducing the "water footprint".

Regarding its use and management, the industrial sector relies more on non-groundwater to leave that available for "more noble" uses.

Como and sustainable water management

Specifically, the industrial processes, such as those relating to textile finishing (dyeing, printing, finishing ...) that are active in our industrial district, are supplied with water from Lake Como.

The production activities, in particular in the dyeing phases of yarns and / or fabrics, are carried out considering "bath ratios" (quantity of material / quantity of aqueous solution) to optimize water consumption.

The textile production sector is supplied by a high energy requirement.

The fabric finishing, dyeing or printing processes, all waste a great deal of energy in the form of hot water and steam: this is why the recovery of heat from the water coming from these processes is a significant intervention in terms of energy efficiency.

Since its inception in 1978, the "Consorzio per l’Acquedotto Industriale del Lago di Como" (Consortium for the Industrial Aqueduct of Lake Como) has been working to ensure the supply of water to the associated companies.

The recognition of the Acquedotto industrial as a “opera di pubblica utilità” (Public utility opus) was important and represents an undoubted testimony in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

In the Consorzio, sustainability is combined with innovation and the implementation of technologies for remote sensing and control that allow to constantly monitor the fundamental parameters of cubic meters of water withdrawn and kWh consumed (3 million cubic meters of water were withdrawn and 2.5 million kWh of energy were used in 2020).

The Acquedotto Industriale del Lago di Como is committed to continue its attentive and industrious activity in the awareness that the future for sustainability is NOW.

Maurizio Moscatelli
Vice Presidente del Museo della Seta di Como e Presidente del Consorzio per l’acquedotto industriale del Lago di Como

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Regione Lombardia