Vulcano and Lipari will finally be able to use the desalination and purification plants. The regional council has in fact approved the proposal of the Councilor for Energy to allocate 2,6 million euros to allow the commissioning of strategic works for the smaller islands.
This resolves a long story that began in 2013 with the award of the tender which, however, has been blocked for several years due to a dispute with the temporary business association that had won the contract. The sum allocated by the government will be used to definitively close the dispute that has arisen, thus making the plants come into operation. In fact, during the works, the company had expressed doubts about the contract, assuming additional costs of almost 13 million euros. Hence the decision of the regional Department of Water and Waste to arrive at a settlement agreement - for three million euros - which also provides, while waiting for the Region to publish the tender for the definitive management, the temporary assignment for twelve months of the desalinator of Vulcano and the treatment plants of Lipari and Vulcano.
In this way the full use of the works that guarantee drinking water and proper waste management will be ensured and the public coffers will save millions of euros that were otherwise spent to supply the Aeolian Islands with drinking water.