This can be due to contamination and the water source being too great a distance from existing water treatment plants for processing
Overexploited and now abandoned wells in the Puglia region of Italy present this challenge. They have been contaminated with seawater and certain microorganisms, but are too remote to be treated by existing water treatment plants.
Project Ô has developed ADV.ERT technology to treat contaminated water
It operates independently of a water treatment plant and can be used directly at the water source, aiding the sustainable recovery of an untapped water resource
This module has low investment and operational costs, and a low environmental impact. It can provide local communities with a more reliable source of water, particularly in times of crisis, like during a drought. It can be used as part of a circular water economy, ensuring high quality water is returned to its source after use.
Project Ô has developed a Decision Analytic Platform (DAP) to assist in water planning activities
DAP is designed to aid management of water resources for local water management companies, like Acquedotto Pugliese (AQP) in the Puglia region
It will follow a circular water economy approach by integrating water reuse technologies into existing practices. This will include assessing how to provide the most reliable water supply for users by considering current conditions.
The limestone landscape of the Puglia region in Italy has formed several natural aquifers
These underground water sources supply more than 200 wells across this coastal region
The wells were abandoned as a cost-effective, local source of water as exploitation activities have resulted in the aquifers steadily containing more salt water.
Historically, water use has been linear, with water extracted
from one area, used and then discharged elsewhere
Project Ô has developed ADV.ERT technology to purify the water, making water from the well suitable for use again. Using DAP will allow decision-makers, like AQP, to consider the current and future sustainability of the local water supply.
Reuse and water efficiency are key priorities for the Puglia region. While having water from an alternative local source would reduce the pressure of demand on the local aqueduct.
Circular Water Economy
Using Project Ô technologies, water use in the Puglia Region can apply a circular economy approach
Project Ô technologies have helped close
the loop on water use in the Puglia region of Italy
And this leads to other benefits too...
Maximising local water reuse to strengthen resilience in the region and decrease the need for external water imports
Recharged aquifers ensure their viability for future use and protects a long-term local source of water
New local water reuse will relieve pressure on the aqueduct and can lead to a reduction of reliance on water from external sources
Closing the loop requires new infrastructure and use of technologies which can lead to an increase in local jobs in the environmental sector
Returning treated water to its source supports the local environment and stops water being discharged into the Adriatic Sea
ADV.ERT technology is an advanced, tertiary treatment, mobile plant
It has been designed to treat contaminated freshwater out of the reach of existing water treatment plants