Conference Program (18-19 Oct. 2018)

WaterIDEAS2018 Conference Program

IWA Water IDEAS 2018 – Bologna

18 October – in collaboration with IWA and H2O Fair


09:15 – 09:30: Welcome & Introduction to the Water IDEAS Conference


09:30 – 11:00: Session 1: “TECHNICAL REGULATION IN WATER DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT” Chair: Cor Merks, EC Working Group POM, NL


This session will present latest Italian (Delibera 917/17 ARERA) and European (EU Good Practices on Leakage Management) regulation on technical quality and discuss how the adoption of new technologies and best practices are fundamental steps in the process of improving the quality of service in order to meet regulatory and sustainability requirements across water and wastewater networks.

  1. Technical regulation in water loss management: an international perspective, David Duccini, IWA WLSG, SUEZ, FR
  2. The EU Good Practices on Leakage Management applied by Waterbedrijf Groningen with an ILI of 0.6, Cor Merks, EC Working Group POM – Witteveen+Bos, NL
  3. Benchmark of technical performance indicators (Del. 917/17 ARERA), Alberto Bernardini, Agenia, IT
  4. Emerging technologies to support improvements of technical quality to meet targets required by ARERA, Marco Fantozzi, IWA WLSG, Isle Utilities, IT


11:00 – 11:30  BREAK


11:30 – 12:30: Session 2: “ADVANCES IN PRESSURE MANAGEMENT” Chair: David Duccini, IWA WLSG, SUEZ, FR


This session will present latest advances, best practices and case studies in Pressure Management, a fundamental activity in the process of reducing leakages, reducing burst frequency and extending asset life of water distribution networks. International experts will present best practices, latest technologies and results achieved in case studies worldwide.

  1. Latest advances in targeting pressure management to reduce bursts frequency and leakages, Marco Fantozzi, Isle Utilities, IT
  2. Advanced pressure management, David Duccini, SUEZ, FR
  3. Innovative solutions for pressure transients’ analysis and monitoring, Robin Bell, Inflowmatix, UK



  1. Mechanical couplings for compensation in soft soils, Willem Van Opzeeland, Imbema Denso, NL

IWA Water IDEAS 2018 – Bologna

18 October – in collaboration with IWA and H2O Fair

14:00 – 15:30: Session 3: “ASSET MANAGEMENT & ENERGY MANAGEMENT”

Chair: Malcolm Farley, IWA WLSG


Energy is the major cost component in managing a water distribution system. Advanced data management and optimization tools can greatly reduce energy consumption while helping utilities to guarantee required level of service, increase resilience and improve efficiency in operation. Asset management is a strategic activity which should be based on sound knowledge of actual asset condition to optimize investment planning and prioritize limited available budget while guaranteeing sustainable management of water infrastructure. Technologies for condition assessment and advanced case studies on asset management and energy optimization will be presented by leading experts and utilities.

  1. Energy optimisation of a large water distribution system, Fabio Marelli, MM, IT
  2. Asset management strategy in HERA, Claudio Anzalone, HERA, IT
  3. Investment planning in TEA water system, Manuela Pedroni, TEA, IT
  4. Optimal sensors’ placement and quality of service in water distribution, Gabriele Freni, Unikore, IT



15:30 – 16:00  BREAK


16:00 – 17:30: Session 4: “EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATION & EU PROJECTS” Chair: Prof. Gabriele Freni, Unikore, HydroInformatics, IT


Innovation is a key component in managing water and wastewater systems to comply with actual challenges and regulation requirements. This session will present emerging technologies, experiences and ongoing EC funded projects of leading European innovative organisations.

  1. The impacts of innovation in FP7/H2020 projects, Gabriel Anzaldi, Eurecat, ES
  2. Smart Services, Technology and Innovation in the water cycle, Eva Martinez Diaz, Aqualia, ES
  3. Waste water network connect, Alin Ene, Grundfos, DK
  4. Advanced tools for condition assessment and leakage monitoring, Bastian Piltz, ISLE Utilities, DE




IWA Water IDEAS 2018 – Bologna

19 October –  in collaboration with IWA and H2O Fair


09:30 – 11:00: Session 5: “WATER LOSS MANAGEMENT IN CONTINUOUS & INTERMITTENT SUPPLY” Chair: Jurica Kovac, IWA WLSG, Aqua Libera, HR


Leakage management is a key activity for each water utility. This session will introduce the basics of IWA best practice methodology for efficient leakage management and some Italian and international successful case studies to stimulate water utilities to also achieve similar results. In addition, as intermittent water supply (IWS) is still a major problem in some parts of Italy, ‘Best practice’ recommendations will be presented for Improving the Level of Service in case of IWS including: infrastructure renewal, Pressure management to improve IWS regimes, Training and capacity building programs as well as Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for each supply regime.

  1. Leakage management in Lario Reti, Laura Boscarello, Lario Reti Holding, IT
  2. Leakage management in IRETI, Francesco Calza, IRETI, IT
  3. Leakage reduction by active pressure control: Patras case study (Greece), Tasos Georgo-poulos, WGW, GR, Irene Karathanasi, DEYAP Patras, GR, Emilio Benati, FAST SpA, IT
  4. Training in IWA Best practice in leakage management, Jurica Kovac, IWA WLSG, Aqua Libera, HR


11:00 – 11:30  BREAK


11:30 – 13:00: Session 6: “LEAKAGE CONTROL AND MONITORING & ASSET MANAGEMENT” Chair: Stuart Trow, IWA WLSG, UK


To maintain a low level of leakage is fundamental to build and operate a pressure, flow and leakage monitoring system and to develop a sustainable asset management strategy. This session will present best practices and case studies in leakage control and monitoring as well as tools for pressure management, leakage monitoring and asset management.

  1. Strategic planning of leakage reduction activities in CAP, Davide Chiuch, CAP, IT
  2. Rapallo Water Network Districts (IRETI): advanced mathematical modelling and integration with Aquaworks, Water Network Management Software, Armando Brath & Cristiana Bragalli, Bologna University, IT, Francesco Calza, IRETI, IT, Emilio Benati, FAST Spa, IT
  3. Advanced strategic planning in water management, Mark Tully, Southern Water, UK
  4. StopWatch technology to address customers’ side leakages, Stuart Trow, Invenio, UK


14:00 – 15:30: Session 7: IWA international best practices: latest developments and conference conclusions Chair: Marco Fantozzi, IWA WLSG, Isle Utilities, IT


This session will introduce to international experiences in leakage reduction activities internationally and to the latest best practices. The session will also report the conference conclusions including the ‘Young Water Professionals’ point of view on Innovation and ICT in the water sector.

  1. Supporting leakage reduction activities internationally, Malcolm Farley, IWA WLSG
  2. Latest development in NRW reduction best practices worldwide, Jurica Kovac, IWA WLSG
  3. ‘Young Water Professionals vision’ of the Roadmap on Innovation and ICT in the water sector, Adriano Murachelli, AIAT, IT
  4. Open discussion

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