Generally, in mountain and foothill aqueducts, the water is conveyed into pressurized pipes and sent to loading tanks which, in turn, are used to feed the drinking water distribution network.
Beyond the technical aspect of the machinery, if we consider the extreme importance of hygiene and public health, for systems installed on drinking water, IREM produces and supplies hydroelectric turbines which, thanks to the use of suitable components, processes industrialized production, customization of the turbines and specific controls, are made compliant with current legislation on processes and materials that can be used in contact with water intended for human consumption.
This legislation is regulated in Europe by Directive 98/83/EC, in Italy by the Ministerial Decree. 174/2004 and in France by the ACS (Attestation de Conformité Sanitaire).
Both compliance with the Ministerial Decree 174/2004 which at the ACS – among the most restrictive standards at European level – are certified by an accredited laboratory following an accurate verification process which includes:
- Risk analysis
- Traceability of certified and used materials
- Migration tests
- Control and certification of production standards
- Specific manuals
Therefore IREM is able to guarantee these production and quality standards for all regulatory aspects in force, therefore with regard to specific applications on drinking water, the IREM Ecowatt Hydro hydroelectric turbines comply with the European Directive 98/83/EC “Water quality regulations intended for human consumption” regulated in Italy by the Ministerial Decree. 6 April 2004 n° 174 and in France by DGS/SDA7A n° 571 of 25 November 2002. All machines produced by IREM are accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity with these legal requirements.
To date, IREM can boast more than 170 installations of hydroelectric turbines on drinking water aqueducts throughout the world.