Municipal Water Supply Systems in Sicily: Technical and Organizational Features

  • G. Rossi
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 180)

Abstract

The paper aims to present the development of municipal water supply systems in Sicily and to discuss some innovations, which are likely to contribute to reduce existing water shortages and to improve the management efficiency of urban water services. A short review of the legal and administrative context at the national level is followed by an analysis of technical and institutional aspects of conveyance and distribution systems for drinking use in Sicily. The main trends in the development of the last few decades include:
  1. (a)

    Changes of population and water needs estimates used in plans and programs.

     
  2. (b)

    Development of large-scale water systems for the supply of several municipalities, relying also on stored surface water as supply source.

     
  3. (c)

    Spreading of water meters and of charging rates increasing with water consumption in order to avoid water wastes and to reduce financial deficits.

     
A greater awareness exists today about the necessity of:
  1. (i)

    integrated planning of multi-purpose systems;

     
  2. (ii)

    a larger size of water supplier authorities in order to allow the use of advanced control systems;

     
  3. (iii)

    intermunicipal water districts responsible for all water services including water supply and wastewater collection and treatment and, if needed, disposal of solid wastes and sludges.

     

Keywords

Water Supply Drinking Water Supply Water Service Municipal Water Municipal Authority 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Rossi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Water ManagementCatania UniversityCataniaItaly

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