The project “Wastewater treatment: technical solutions and infrastructure management in developing countries with severe environmental vulnerabilities”, realized with the financial assistance of the International Cooperation Fund of ATO3 (the Water Authority of Turin), will bring the top organizations for integrated water and waste management of the local system to share experiences for sustainability. The initiative, led by Hydroaid - Water for Development Management Institute - in collaboration with SMAT and the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering of Politecnico di Torino, has the goal of ensuring a better management of public services connected to water depuration by providing managers and technicians from countries with a low access to sanitation the tools for designing, managing and monitoring water resources - a hot issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Following a distance learning course of 16 weeks for 87 operators from 24 different countries, the best 11 candidates were selected for an intensive training in Turin of 3 weeks from 9 to 29 October 2016. They will be responsible for contributing to the improvement of the quality of water services, living conditions and environmental impacts in their countries of origin. The selected participants are from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Zambia, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal and they work in public institutions with competences in the field of wastewater treatment.
During the 3-week-training in Turin, the group will visit the depuration and wastewater treatment plants of SMAT S.p.A., leader utility in the field of integrated water management; the establishment of Collegno where Barricalla S.p.A. administers the largest disposal site for special waste products (hazardous and not hazardous) in Italy and a solar farm; the waste-to-energy incineratormanaged by TRM S.p.A. (Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani) operative since 2014; the selection center for plastic packaging waste Demap S.r.l. (Beinasco); and the plant of Acea Pinerolese Industriale S.p.A., multi utility structure for the entire waste management cycle. In addition to this, the program will be integrated by the involvement of the Metropolitan City of Turin (Office of the Integrated Waste Cycle) and Fondazione per l’Ambiente (Foundation for the Environment) that will complete the framework of skills and tools needed to manage and conserve a fundamental common good.