Water Alliance, a joint venture composed by 13 public water utilities operating in Lombardy, is looking for innovative and sustainable solutions for the integrated water service. How? Through open innovation! The joint venture is opening to university spin-offs, start-ups, SMEs and companies which can support, promote and encourage new solutions for the issues of the integrated water service.
That’s why the joint venture has launched the challenge ‘’A WAve of innovation’’. Sludge treatment, smart water grid, real time data enhancement, biogas cogeneration plants are the main areas of the challenge. Through AI, smart water meters and new wastewater technologies, Water Alliance aims at empowering the sustainability and circularity of the integrated water service. Digital solutions and a circular approach to the wastewater represent a crucial step toward the ecological transition, which Water Alliance is committed to.
Join the challenge and contribute to a smarter and greener future: ride the WAve!
Who we are
Water Alliance is a joint venture between 13 public water utilities – Alfa, BrianzAcque, Como Acqua, Gruppo CAP, Gruppo TEA, Lario Reti Holding, MM, Padania Acque, Acque Bresciane, Pavia Acque, SAL, Secam and Uniacque – operating in Lombardy and it guarantees the integrated water service to 8,5 million inhabitants. The joint venture serves 1.210 municipalities supplying more than 800 billion cubic meters a year through a 40.693 km aqueduct network. The 13 companies manage the whole water cycle. They extract water from rivers and aquifers, they clean it and then they deliver it to the taps of all Lombardy.
They also manage the wastewater, treating and transforming it in different ways: generating renewable energy like biogas and recovering phosphorus and other nutrients . At the end of cycle, Water Alliance returns the cleaned water to the rivers thank to 4.016 km of sewer pipes and to 696 wastewater plants.
Aggregate, the 13 companies have total revenues that exceed 960 million euros and investments of over two billion euros. The network has also the patronage of ANCI Lombardia and Confservizi Lombardia.
The challenge aims at identifying innovative solutions in the following areas:
How to apply?
Participants must submit their application by filling out the application form.