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Our research and innovation projects exceed quality standards and embrace the latest developments in terms of the Integrated Water Service. These include the application of Water Safety Plans, European quality control protocols for water intended for consumption.

Back in 2018, we became one of the first businesses in Italy to adopt these guidelines in two plants. Thanks to this trial, we were able to acquire the skills needed to respect the new provisions in advance and extend them to all the other waterworks. 

Our Water Safety Plans thus exceed the standards required by the Water Service regulations, governed at national level by the Autorità di Regolazione per Energia Reti e Ambiente (Energy Networks and Environment Regulation Authority - ARERA). 

ARERA carries out regulation and control activities to guarantee the promotion of competition, the efficiency of public utility services and protection of the interests of users and consumers. 

At local level, the Agenzia territoriale dell’Emilia-Romagna per i servizi idrici e i rifiuti (Emilia-Romagna Agency for Water and Waste Services - ATERSIR) is responsible for service and investment planning, regulation and management control.

 

Regulations in force governing the regulation of the water service (as at 31/12/2020)

EU REGULATIONS  

  • Directive 2020/2184 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2020 "concerning the quality of water intended for human consumption"
  • Regulation 25 May 2020, n.2020 / 741 / EU
    Regulation containing minimum requirements for the reuse of water - Guue 5 June 2020 n. L 177

  • Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 of 5 June 2019 (OJEU L 170 of 25 June 2019) 
    Regulation laying down rules on the making available on the market of EU fertilising products, amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003
  • Directive (EU) 2016/1148 of 6 July 2016 (OJEU L 194 of 19 July 2016)
    Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union
  • European Law no. 167 of 20 November 2017 (Italian Official Journal (General Series) no. 277 of 27.11.2017) 
    Article 17 covers the regulations on emission limits for urban waste-water treatment plants discharging into sensitive areas, stipulating that such limits (which refer to the phosphorus and nitrogen content) must be monitored and respected not only in relation to the potential of the facility but, more generally, to the pollutant load generated by the conurbation. – omitted 
    Regulation in force since 12.12.2017.
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2017/997 of 8 June 2017
    Regulation amending Annex III to Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the hazardous property HP 14 ‘Ecotoxic’.
  • Commission Directive (EU) 2015/1787 “Directive amending Annexes II and III to Council Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption”
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1357/2014 “Regulation replacing Annex III to Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste and repealing certain Directives”
  • Commission Decision 2014/995/EU “Decision amending Decision 2000/532/EC on the list of waste pursuant to Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council”
  • Commission Directive 2014/101/EU “Directive amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy”
  • Commission Implementing Decision 2014/431/EU “Formats for reporting on the national programmes for the implementation of Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste-water treatment”
  • Commission Directive 2014/80/EU “Directive amending Annex II to Directive 2006/118/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration”
  • DIRECTIVE 2014/32/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL OF 26/02/2014 “on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of measuring instruments”
  • Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council “Directive on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC”
  • Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom “Directive laying down requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption”
  • Directive 2013/39/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council “amending Directives 2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy”
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 547/2012 “with regard to ecodesign requirements for water pumps”
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 2011/10 “Regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food” as subsequently amended and supplemented.
  • Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council “on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control)”
  • Directive 2009/90/EC “Commission Directive laying down, pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, technical specifications for chemical analysis and monitoring of water status” 
  • Directive 2008/105/EC “Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/EEC and amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council” 
  • Decision 2007/322/EC “Commission Decision laying down protective measures concerning uses of plant protection products containing tolylfluanid leading to the contamination of drinking water” 
  • Directive 2006/11/EC “Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the Community” 
  • Recommendation 2001/928/Euratom “Commission Recommendation of 20 December 2001 on the protection of the public against exposure to radon in drinking water supplies” 
  • Directive 2000/60/EC “Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy” 
  • Decision 1999/472/EC “Commission Decision on the procedure for attesting the conformity of construction products pursuant to Article 20(2) of Council Directive 89/106/EEC as regards pipes, tanks and ancillaries not in contact with water intended for human consumption” 
  • Directive 1986/278/EEC “Council Directive on the protection of the environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture” 
  • Directive 1979/869/EEC “Council Directive concerning the methods of measurement and frequencies of sampling and analysis of surface water intended for the abstraction of drinking water in the Member States” 
  • Directive 1976/464/EC “Council Directive of 4 May 1976 on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the Community” 
  • Directive 1975/440/EEC “Council Directive of 16 June 1975 concerning the quality required of surface water intended for the abstraction of drinking water in the Member States” 

NATIONAL REGULATIONS 

  • LAW no. 55 of 14 JUNE 2019 “Conversion into law, with amendments, of Decree Law no. 32 of 18 April 2019, laying down urgent provisions for the revitalisation of the public contracts sector, for the acceleration of infrastructure interventions, urban regeneration and reconstruction following seismic events” – (OJ no. 140 of 17 June 2019)
  • LAW no. 12 of 11 FEBRUARY 2019 “Conversion into law, with amendments, of Decree Law no. 135 of 14 December 2018, laying down urgent provisions concerning support and simplification for companies and for the public administration” – (OJ no. 36 of 12 February 2019)
  • DECREE no. 135 of 14 DECEMBER 2018 “Urgent provisions concerning support and simplification for companies and for the public administration – Deletion – Removal of the SISTRI and provisions on the traceability of waste - Acceleration of public works contracts below the threshold”
  • LAW no. 130 of 16 NOVEMBER 2018 “Conversion into law, with amendments, of Decree Law no. 109 of 28 September 2018, laying down urgent provisions for the city of Genoa, the safety of the national infrastructure and transport network, the seismic events of 2016 and 2017, employment and other emergencies” (Ordinary supplement no. 55 to OJ no. 269 of 19.11.2018)
  • LAW no. 64 of 31 MAY 2018 “Conversion into law, with amendments, of Decree Law no. 30 of 10 April 2018, laying down urgent measures to ensure continuity of the functions of the Autorità di regolazione per energia, reti e ambiente (ARERA)” (OJ no. 131 of 08.06.2018)
  • DECREE no. 65 of 18 MAY 2018 “Implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union” (OJ General Series no. 132 of 09.06.2018)
  • DECREE no. 69 of 28 MARCH 2018 “Regulation governing the end of waste of asphalt concrete - Implementation of article 184-ter(2) of Legislative Decree no. 152/2006” (OJ 139 of 18.06.2018)
  • DECREE no. 49 of 7 MARCH 2018 Regulation laying down “Approval of the guidelines for the procedures for carrying out the functions of works supervisor and implementation director” (OJ general series no. 111 of 15/05/2018)
  • DECREE no. 32 of 1 FEBRUARY 2018 “Simplified procedures concerning the requirements for collecting and transporting non-hazardous waste of ferrous and non-ferrous metals” 
    (OJ general series no. 32 of 8.2.2018)
  • LAW no. 205 of 27 DECEMBER 2017 “State provisional budget for the financial year 2018 and multi-year budget for the three-year period 2018-2020” (Establishment of ARERA)
    (OJ no. 302 of 29.12.2017 - Ordinary Supplement no. 62)
  • DECREE no. 164 of 6 JULY 2017 “Extension of the entry into force of the Decree of 14 November 2016, laying down Amendments to annex I of Legislative Decree no. 31 of 2 February 2001, laying down “Implementation of 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption”.
  • DECREE LAW no. 91 of 20 JUNE 2017 “Urgent provisions for economic growth in Southern Italy” – (OJ no. 141 of 20 June 2017), which amends the foreword to annex D (List of waste) of Legislative Decree no. 152/2006, clarifies the classification of waste in Decision 2014/955/EU and in Regulation 1357/2014/EU.
  • PRESIDENTIAL DECREE no. 120 of 13.6.2017 
    Regulation laying down simplified rules for the management of excavated earth and rock, pursuant to article 8 of Decree Law no. 133 of 12 September 2014, converted, with amendments, into Law no. 164 of 11 November 2014. 
    (OJ General Series no.183 of 07.08.2017).
    Entry into force: 22/08/2017.
  • DECREE no. 93 of 21 April 2017. Regulation laying down implementing guidelines for rules on checking measurement instruments in service and monitoring measurement instruments in compliance with national and EU legislation.
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 56 of 19 APRIL 2017 “Supplementary and corrective provisions to Legislative Decree no. 50 of 18 April 2016 (Ordinary Supplement no. 22 to the OJ of 5 May 2017 no. 103)” In force since 20 May 2017, Legislative Decree no. 56/2017 ‘correcting’ the Public Procurement Code 50/2016, rules eased for the award of contracts for less than Euro 40,000 and “minimum environmental criteria” for 100% of the value of the tenders.
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 14 NOVEMBER 2016 “Amendments to annex I of Legislative Decree no. 31 of 2 February 2001, laying down “Implementation of Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption” (OJ General Series no. 12 of 16.1.2017)
  • PRIME MINISTERIAL DECREE of 13 OCTOBER 2016 “Social tariff of the integrated water service”. (OJ General Series no. 270 of 18.11.2016)
  • DECREE of 6 JULY 2016 “Adoption of Commission Directive 2014/80/EU of 20 June 2014 amending Annex II to Directive 2006/118/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration” (OJ no. 165 of 16.7.2016)
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 127 of 30 JUNE 2016 “Rules for the restructuring of the services conference rules, in implementation of article 2 of Law no. 124 of 7 August 2015” (OJ no. 162 of 13.7.2016)
  • DECREE no. 118 of 19 MAY 2016 “Regulation laying down an update of the limit values for total organic carbon atmospheric emissions of facilities powered by biogas, pursuant to art. 281(5) of Legislative Decree no. 152 of 2006” (OJ no. 151 of 30.6.2016)
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 50 of 18 APRIL 2016 “Implementation of Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU on the award of concession contracts, on public procurement and procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors, as well as for the overhaul of the regulations in force on public works, supply or service contracts” (OJ General Series no. 91 of 19.4.2016 - Ordinary Supplement no. 10)
  • DIRECTORIAL DECREE of 15 MARCH 2016 “Definition of the format of forms to complete for submitting applications for integrated environmental authorisation within the jurisdiction of the State, with specific reference to the submission of the information necessary for re-examination, pursuant to article 29-octies of Legislative Decree no. 152 of 3 April 2006".
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 39 of 15 FEBRUARY 2016 “Implementation of Directive 2014/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 amending Council Directives 92/58/EEC, 92/85/EEC, 94/33/EC and Directive 2004/37/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, in order to align them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures” (OJ no. 61 of 14 March 2016) 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 28 of 15 FEBRUARY 2016 “Implementation of Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom of 22 October 2013 laying down requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption” (OJ no. 55 of 7 March 2016)”
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 172 of 13 OCTOBER 2015 “Implementation of Directive 2013/39/EU, amending Directives 2000/60/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy”
  • MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT DECREE no. 39 of 24 FEBRUARY 2015 “Regulation laying down criteria for determining the environmental cost and resource cost for the various water use sectors”
  • MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT DECREE of 15 JANUARY 2014 “Water treatment plants – Atmospheric pollution – Amendments to annex IV of the fifth part of Legislative Decree 152/2006”
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 46 of 4 MARCH 2014 “Industrial emissions (prevention and integrated reduction of pollution) – Implementation of Directive 2010/75/EU – Amendments to parts II, III, IV and V of Legislative Decree 152/2006 (“Environmental Code”)
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 4 APRIL 2014 “Technical standards for pipes and channels that cross and run alongside railways and other transport lines”
  • DIRECTIVE of 12 MAY 2014 “Technical guidance and coordination on the verification of volume conversion devices, simplification and technical harmonisation with European legislation”
  • LAW no. 116 of 11 AUGUST 2014 “Conversion into law, with amendments, of Decree Law no. 91 of 24 June 2014, laying down urgent provisions for the agricultural sector, environmental protection and energy efficiency in school and university buildings, the relaunch and development of companies, containing costs of electricity tariffs, as well as for an immediate definition of requirements arising from EU legislation”
  • LAW no. 154 of 7 OCTOBER 2014 “Delegating authorising the government to adopt European directives and implement other European Union acts - 2013 European Delegation Law - second half of the year”
  • MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT DECREE no. 272 of 13 NOVEMBER 2014 “Decree laying down the procedures for drafting the reference report, pursuant to art. 5(1)(v-bis) of Legislative Decree no. 152 of 3 April 2006”
  • LAW no. 164 of 11 NOVEMBER 2014 “Conversion into law, with amendments, of Decree Law no. 133 of 12.9.2014, laying down urgent measures for opening work sites, executing public works, the digitalisation of Italy, simplifying bureaucracy, the emergence of hydrogeological instability and for revitalising production activities”
  • PRESIDENTIAL DECREE no. 59 of 13 MARCH 2013 “Regulation laying down rules for the single environmental authorisation and the simplification of administrative requirements in environmental matters applicable to small and medium-sized enterprises and to facilities not subject to integrated environmental authorisation, in accordance with article 23 of Decree Law 9 February 2012, no. 5, converted, with amendments, into Law no. 35 of 4 April 2012. (13G00101) (OJ no.124 of 29.5.2013 - Ordinary Supplement no. 42 )
  • MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT DECREE of 27 NOVEMBER 2013 “Identification of artificial bodies of water and those greatly modified for lake and river water – Technical criteria – Amendment to part III of Legislative Decree 152/2006”
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 46 of 16 APRIL 2012 “Implementation of Directive 2011/17/EU repealing certain directives regarding metrology.”
  • PRIME MINISTERIAL DECREE of 20 JULY 2012 “Identification of the functions of the Energy Authority and Ministry of the Environment in matters of water services”
  • DECISION of 2 AUGUST 2012, 347/2012/R/idr “Definition of information and data collection procedures in relation to the integrated water service” 
  • PRESIDENTIAL DECREE no. 116 of 18 JULY 2011 “Partial repeal, after popular referendum, of paragraph 1 of article 154 of Legislative Decree no. 152 of 2006, concerning determining the integrated water service tariff based on the adequate remuneration of the capital invested” 
  • PRESIDENTIAL DECREE no. 227 of 19 OCTOBER 2011 “Simplification of administrative requirements in environmental matters – Water discharges – Noise impact”
  • DECREE LAW no. 201 of 6 DECEMBER 2011 “Urgent provisions for growth, equity and fiscal consolidation”
  • LAW no. 36 of 25 FEBRUARY 2010 “Penalties for the discharge of wastewater” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE no. 260 of 8 NOVEMBER 2010 “Regulation laying down technical criteria for the classification of the status of surface bodies of water, through the amendment of the technical standards in Legislative Decree no. 152 of 3 April 2006, laying down environmental standards, drafted pursuant to article 75(3) of the said Legislative Decree” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 219 of 10 DECEMBER 2010 “Implementation of Directive 2008/105/EC on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/EEC and amending Directive 2000/60/EC and adoption of Directive 2009/90/EC laying down, pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, technical specifications for chemical analysis and monitoring of water status” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 30 of 16 MARCH 2009 “Implementation of Directive 2006/118/EC on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration” 
  • MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT DECREE no 56 of 14 APRIL 2009 “Technical criteria for monitoring bodies of water – Art. 75, Legislative Decree no. 152/2006”
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 30 SEPTEMBER 2009 “Identification of criteria and parameters for returning to users the part of the tariff not owed with reference to the purification service” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 4 of 16 JANUARY 2008 “Additional corrective and supplementary measures relating to Legislative Decree no. 152 of 3 April 2006, laying down environmental standards” 
  • CIPE Decision no. 117 of 18 DECEMBER 2008 “Directive for the adjustment of tariffs for aqueduct, sewerage and purification services” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 22 of 2 FEBRUARY 2007 “Implementation of Directive 2004/22/EC on measuring instruments”
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 152 of 3 APRIL 2006, as subsequently amended and supplemented “Environmental standards” 
  • DECREE of 2 MAY 2006 “Technical standards for the reuse of wastewater, pursuant to article 99(1) of Legislative Decree no. 152 of 3 April 2006” 
  • Commissarial Decree no. 23 of 2005 “Prime Ministerial Decree of 28 January 2005: implementation - setting of an adequate time frame for household, equivalent and urban water purification plants as at 31 December 2005” 
  • Commissarial Decree no. 35 of 2005 “Prime Ministerial Decree of 28 January 2005: implementation - setting of an adequate time frame for rainwater purification plants as at 31 December 2005” 
  • Commissarial Decree no. 36 of 2005 “Discharge of urban wastewater into a body of water consisting of the sea: rules pending the adoption of the “Protection Plan” pursuant to art. 44 of Legislative Decree no. 152/1999” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE no. 174 of 6 APRIL 2004 “Regulation concerning the materials and objects that may be used in fixed installations for the capture, treatment, conveyance and distribution of water intended for human consumption” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE no. 329 of 1 DECEMBER 2004 “Regulation laying down standards for the commissioning and use of pressure equipment and the sets referred to in art. 19 of Legislative Decree no. 93 of 25 February 2000” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 16 APRIL 2003 “Amendments to the Decree of 22 November 2001, concerning the procedures for granting a third-party licence for the management of the integrated water service” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE no. 185 of 12 JUNE 2003 “Regulation laying down technical standards for the reuse of wastewater, pursuant to article 26(2) of Legislative Decree no. 152 of 11 May 1999” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 27 of 2 FEBRUARY 2002 “Amendments and supplements to Legislative Decree no. 31 of 2 February 2001, governing the implementation of Directive 98/83/EC relating to the quality of water intended for human consumption” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 31 of 2 FEBRUARY 2001 “Implementation of Directive 98/83/EC relating to the quality of water intended for human consumption” 
  • Circular of 17 OCTOBER 2001 “Companies with a majority public shareholding for the management of the integrated water service. - GAB/2001/11559/B01” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 22 NOVEMBER 2001 “Procedures for granting a third-party licence for the management of the integrated water service, pursuant to art. 20(1) of Law no. 36 of 5 January 1994” 
  • Ministerial Circular of 22 NOVEMBER 2001 “Explanations of the procedures for granting a third-party licence for the management of the integrated water service, pursuant to art. 20(1) of Law no. 36 of 5 January 1994. - GAB/2001/11560/B01” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 258 of 18 AUGUST 2000 “Supplementary and corrective measures for Legislative Decree no. 152 of 11 May 1999 concerning protecting water from pollution, pursuant to article 1(4) of Law no. 128 of 24 April 1998” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 31 MAY 1999 “Supplements to the extraordinary plan for the completion and rationalisation of the water collection and purification systems in the Emilia-Romagna Region, approved through the Ministerial Decree of 29 July 1997” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE no. 99 of 8 JANUARY 1997 “Regulations on the criteria and method used to assess leakages from aqueducts and sewers”
  • PRIME MINISTERIAL DECREE of 4 MARCH 1996 “Provisions on water resources”
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 275 of 12 JULY 1993 “Revision of public water licence rules” 
  • LEGISLATIVE DECREE no. 99 of 27 JANUARY 1992 “Implementation of Council Directive 86/278/EEC on the protection of the environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 26 MARCH 1991 “Technical standards for the first implementation of Presidential Decree no. 236 of 24 May 1988 on the implementation of Council Directive 80/778/EEC relating to the quality of water intended for human consumption, pursuant to art. 15 of Law no. 183 of 16 April 1987” 
  • DECREE LAW no. 16 of 5 FEBRUARY 1990 “Urgent measures for improving water quality and preventing water pollution” 
  • PRESIDENTIAL DECREE 24 MAY 1988, no. 236 “Implementation of Council Directive 80/778/EEC relating to the quality of water intended for human consumption, pursuant to art. 15 of Law no. 183 of 16 April 1987” 
  • MINISTERIAL DECREE of 12 DECEMBER 1985 “Technical standards relating to pipes”
  • PRESIDENTIAL DECREE no. 327 of 26 MARCH 1980 “Regulation implementing Law no. 283 of 30.04.1962, as subsequently amended, concerning hygiene regulations for the production and sale of foodstuffs and drinks”
  • LAW no. 283 of 30 APRIL 1962 “Hygiene regulations concerning the production and sale of foodstuffs and drinks”

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