In the early hours of the morning of April 6 2009, the Abruzzi region of central Italy was hit by a major earthquake. Particularly badly affected was the town of L’Aquila in which 299 people were killed, more than 1,000 injured and, with the destruction of 15,000 buildings, 28,000 people were made homeless and without access to essential services such as clean drinking water.
Under the umbrella of its Water for the World programme, Borealis together with Italian pipe producer System Group-Centraltubi took the initiative and provided on a pro bono basis the infrastructure to supply drinking water for 1,800 people.
In April 2009 there was a major earthquake in the Abruzzi region of Italy, which killed 299 people and made 28,000 people homeless. The historical town of L’Aquila was particularly badly hit and many important historical buildings were destroyed or badly damaged. During the summer months the displaced people lived in tented villages but as winter and colder temperatures approached it was necessary to provide them with temporary housing.
The rehousing project for the earthquake victims was managed by the National Civil Protection (NCP) service. Borealis together with Systems Group – Centraltubi, a leading Italian pipe manufacturer, also wanted to make a contribution to the welfare of the victims and initiated ‘Acqua per L’Aquila’.
Together with NCP, Borealis quickly determined the needs and possibilities of support and after a short period it was agreed to provide the drinking water pipeline for one of the new housing communities called ‘Coppito 3’. This area would encompass 15 housing blocks to resettle approximately 1,800 people.