Promoting safe and reliable access to water is a priority for Eni.
Improving conditions that permit access to water resources is one of the goals of our sustainability projects all over the world.
We believe that access to water and basic sanitation is a vital aspect of local development and this is why we promote initiatives that foster it, as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is also the reason we improve the hygiene and health conditions of the local communities where we operate: we provide for the construction of wells, water treatment plants, water distribution networks and sewers. We are aware that access to water is a fundamental tool for the sustainable growth of countries, which is why our flag flies alongside those of States where we are committed to promoting local development.
Water is a precious asset – it is essential not only for survival and protection of individual health, but it is also vital for creating jobs. In this regard, Eni implements numerous best practices where water access projects also become synonymous with social integration. This essential element for life has been celebrated every year since 22 March 1993 through the United Nations World Water Day, which reminds people how vital it is to preserve water and to ensure that all the inhabitants on the Planet have access to it.
Nigeria’s first well for domestic use and irrigation was officially opened in November, having been delivered in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project falls under an agreement signed in February 2018 to promote access to clean and safe water in Nigeria by building wells powered by photovoltaic systems. It was the first initiative to be carried out as part of the partnership between the FAO and Eni, in which the FAO will provide support on identifying areas for intervention as well as technical assistance and knowledge on the chosen locations, while Eni will drill the wells, fit them with PV systems and provide training on usage and maintenance for long-term sustainability.
Waru is one of the areas where Eni and FAO are implementing projects to foster access to safe and clean water, by drilling boreholes powered with photovoltaic systems, both for domestic use and irrigation purposes. The first well, commissioned on November 15, sits at the heart of the community, with 18 faucets disseminated throughout the neighborhood to guarantee ease of access.
As part of its Social Responsibility Strategy, Eni East Africa (EEA) in Mozambique considers safe and reliable access to water for the local population a priority. In keeping with its mission, EEA launched the Water Wells Project to promote the construction of a water system in two districts of the city of Palma. The initiative – implemented in coordination with local authorities and community representatives – has ensured the supply of 20 litres of water per day to more than four thousand people since 2015.