At the end of 2017, at Group level, 122 of 134 urban areas had achieved compliance with Legislative Decree 152/2006 (one more than in 2016: Sistiana in the province of Trieste, with 3,649 population equivalents) Compliant urban areas amount to 85% of the total population equivalents. In Emilia-Romagna, this figure reaches 100%. In 2018, the Trieste Muggia urban area will achieve compliance, for a total of 256,882 population equivalents. By 2021, all urban areas with a population equivalent greater than 2000 in the territories served by Hera will have achieved compliance.
In 2017, the Ministry of the Environment formally informed the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna that it had withdrawn infringement proceedings 2014/2059, which therefore ended with compliance of the 206 urban areas >2000 PE in the region, 101 of which are managed by Hera. In 2016, all urban areas larger than 2000 PE reached the quality objectives set out in the Water Protection Plan of the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna, in terms of extension of the networks and the presence of treatment plants.
In the area served by AcegasApsAmga, the upgrade of the Trieste Sistiana conurbation was completed in 2017, for a total of 3,649 population equivalents. Upgrade work in the Trieste Muggia conurbation, which was facing infringement proceedings by the European Union under Procedure 2014/2059, is already in progress and will be completed by 2018, with the start-up of the Servola treatment plant. In the Marche Region, 7 urban areas will achieve compliance in 2021.
With regard to urban areas under 2000 PE, where critical issues remain for subjecting the final effluents to appropriate treatment, Emilia-Romagna’s Regional Government identified and set the timeframe for achieving compliance as 31/12/2018 to prepare the detailed plan and 31/12/2021 to implement the measures, in its Resolution 201/2016. During 2017, the measures at Palagano (MO), Bastia (RA) and San Bernardino (RA) were completed, while the commissioning of the works in Boara (FE) is still in progress. We expect to complete design in 2018 and implement the measures by 2021 for 86 urban areas, amounting to 53,000 population equivalents. At Group level, there are 292 urban areas with less than 2000 PE for a total of 193,000 population equivalents, of which 44.5% are compliant (130 urban areas for 96,000 population equivalents). In Emilia Romagna, 130 out of 217 urban areas are compliant, equal to 60%.
At Group level, there are 292 urban areas with less than 2000 PE for a total of 193,000 population equivalents, of which 44.5% are compliant (130 urban areas for 96,000 population equivalents). In Emilia-Romagna, 130 out of 217 urban areas are compliant, equal to 59.9%.
Some urban areas have critical issues. For example, some have undersized network floodways or require more thorough nitrogen abatement, as Resolution RER 201/2016 now requires for urban areas over 10,000 PE. Although these situations do not undermine the compliance of those urban areas to Legislative Decree 152/2006, they may locally jeopardize the achievement of quality objectives for water bodies. Therefore, the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna, together with the of the integrated water service operators, have defined timescales and compliance criteria in the aforementioned resolution. A total of 31 urban areas must be made compliant by 2030. In 2017, upgrade work was completed at the Cattolica-Misano-Val Conca conurbation (11 urban areas already compliant with regulation). We plan to make a further 5 urban areas compliant by 2021, 5 more by 2024 and a further 15 by 2030, bringing the total to over 2 million population equivalents.