The project

Understanding in depth in order to best manage: this is the basic philosophy of the Geological service project.

We have a large computer archive that contains an enormous amount of data on water, acquired during all our years of activity, and which can provide essential answers for its sustainable management and for safeguarding groundwater intended for human consumption. Thanks to this archive, we know where the water is in the subsoil, how it circulates within the aquifer layers, its age, quantity and quality.

Groundwater quality

The chemical quality of our water is analysed throughout the managed basin, through thousands of laboratory analyses and through the use of online water monitoring tools 24 hours a day. The Geological Service analyses the chemical data of raw water extracted directly from the wells before being subjected to treatments to make sure it is absolutely potable, in order to keep abreast of the state of health of our aquifers, powerful natural water reservoirs. Analysis of the available data makes it possible to assess not only the current chemical status, but also to make predictive assumptions about possible changes in groundwater quality.

Our groundwater

The water extracted from our wells comes almost exclusively from rainwater. It is important to know, through an analysis of the hydrological balance, how the amount of rain and water that infiltrates the subsoil and feeds the groundwater varies.

The analysis carried out on the weather data from 2001 to 2017 shows a more than positive result: the inflows into the basin are higher than the outflows (inflows > outflows). We are fortunate to have a rich deposit of “blue gold” consisting of cubic kilometres of water, a truly enormous amount that protects us from any prolonged water crises over time, which instead affect those who use only surface water.