IRIDRA Srl (ITALY)
IRIDRA is an engineering SME based in Florence, founded in 1998 by a multidisciplinary group of professionals (biology, chemistry, engineering) with multi-years experience in sustainable water management. IRIDRA main activities concern analysis, planning and design of sustainable solutions for water resources management. Its engineering services ranges from consultancy – e.g. preliminary analysis, water quality monitoring, large scale water planning, such as river basin plans - up to full design and works supervision of water and wastewater management systems (e.g. rainwater collection, grey-water treatment and reuse, wastewater collection and treatment, surface runoff management). IRIDRA field of excellence is the design of Constructed Wetlands (CW) for wastewater treatment: IRIDRA staff designed over 300 CW systems to face several problems (domestic, urban and industrial wastewater, landfill leachate, extensive systems for agricultural and highway runoff, Combined Sewer Overflows) in different geographical situations (Italy, North Africa, Moldavia, Ecuador, Sri Lanka). IRIDRA is also leading the sustainable sanitation and Ecosan concept in Italy, designing the water cycle of some innovative buildings in Italy.
All the mentioned technologies are perfectly fitting with the concept of ecosystem services. IRIDRA will provide an interesting case-study on Combined Sewer Overflow treatment by an extensive natural and multifunctional system near the Olona river in the Municipality of Gorla Maggiore, Italy. In addition to sewage treatment, the system offers other ecosystem services including pollution and flood control and improvement in biodiversity.