PerFORM WATER 2030 is the first research and experimentation platform in Italy created to address the challenges of the Integrated Water System.
Presented within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme (ROP), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 and the Innovation Call Agreements for Research and Innovation of the Lombardy Region, the project involves eight companies, two university institutes and one research institute, for an investment of about 9 million euros.
PerFORM WATER 2030 (whose official definition is Platform for Integrated Operation Research and Management of Public Water towards 2030), a pilot project on a national scale, has a duration of 30 months and will form a widespread platform for the research, development and implementation of technologies and decision-making tools aimed at ensuring increasingly effective management of the Integrated Water Service.


The PerFORM WATER 2030 project, part of our #waterevolution strategy, aims to:

  • implement innovation strategies focused on specific needs, implementing new technologies that support sustainable territory development with a view to a circular economy;
  • consolidate a widespread network of skills to meet the challenges of the future related to water management. PerFORM WATER 2030 is the first of its kind in Italy, a real living lab that allows the rapid implementation of innovations and technologies to be validated or already industrialised. The initiative also makes it possible to quickly pass from research to technology through a network in which universities, research organisations and companies interface directly without the steps and procedures that usually take much longer;
  • represent a reference training centre in the sector for students, researchers and operators of the various companies that thus have the opportunity to address an extensive set of technologies in the world of water and energy.

Research areas

The research areas involved are:

Water lines

Control of supply water quality and optimisation of distribution networks and sewage treatment processes with innovative technologies. The aim is to meet stringent discharge quality limits by monitoring pollutants and emissions.

Sludge line

Reduction of sludge production, thermal enhancement of sludge, energy and matter recovery, modelling activities.

Energy recover

Recovery of energy and matter within plants, upgrade of biogas to biomethane, optimisation of anaerobic digestion processes and increase in biogas production.


Stakeholder engagement and advanced cost analysis, pricing, Operation & Maintenance.

Partner companies

The project leader is CAP Group, with the involvement of eight industrial companies, two universities and a research institute, each of which provides its own technical skills in a context of sharing ideas, projects and specific knowledge. Visit the sites of the partners who participated in the project.

Information systems for the environment

Aquaponics and hydrogen recovery

Hydrological modelling and monitoring

Passavant Impianti
Water treatment plants

Chemical group

Sludge energy treatment and enhancement plants

Municipal and industrial water treatment

SEAM Engineering
Plant design in the environmental field - construction of demonstration plants