Sunday, 04 December 2022
Central Europe Programme

Urban Water Footprint: a new approach for water management in urban areas

Urban Water Footprint Lab Vicenza

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The city
The city of Vicenza (average altitude of 39 m. above sea level) is located in the Venetian plain bordered to the south from the articulate hills complex of “Monti Berici” and to the west by the preAlps, consisting of the mountain system of the “Monti Lessini”. The resident population, at 31/12/2012, was 115,611 inhabitants. The history of Vicenza has always been linked to the abundance of water, a precious benefit that has encouraged the development of its territory from the point of view of social and economic development.
The town was originally developed on alluvial hill at the confluence of two major waterways, Retrone and Bacchiglione rivers. Moreover, among the smaller streams, there are the Astichello and Tesina rivers, the Orolo stream and numerous irrigation ditches and canals. Vicenza, and in particular the north, is very rich in ground water and resurgence.
Vicenza, known as the "city of Palladio", is a suggestive place of art which won in 1994 the inclusion of the city as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Important industrial and economic center, Vicenza is characterized by the presence of small and medium-sized companies with strong export vocation. The engineering, textiles and jewelery sectors are especially driving the Vicenza’s economy.

The lab
The whole area of the city of Vicenza, and its surrounding, enjoys a great availability of water, much of which drinking and good/excellent quality. From this area the water is exported to cover the water requirements of other towns and cities of the Veneto regions. The need to preserve over time qualitative and quantitative characteristic of this wealth, makes it necessary to start first by knowledge of the urban water footprint that is, along with agricultural and industrial uses, one of the major sources of resources consumption.
The Vicenza lab aims on one hand, to enable a system of connections with citizens, including awareness of younger generations between 9 and 18 years, to increase the knowledge/awareness on the importance of protecting water resources; on the other hand will focus on structural character and proposals for the adoption of innovative technologies that local administrators can translate into regulation rules for the construction of new buildings, or as forecast for territorial planning.

Copyright © 2013 URBAN_WFTP | Introduction of water footprint (WTFP) approach In URBAN area to monitor, evaluate and Improve the water use (4CE439P3)

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