The Roundtable Meeting of Danube Region Water Utility Associations took place on 14 September 2017 in Vienna. The objective of the meeting was (i) to jointly assess the status of D-LeaP implementation and understand challenges of implementation, (ii) to jointly define necessary interventions to improve the implementation and (iii) to enable exchange of Hubs' experience and best practices and knowledge. The review of the current status of D-LeaP and meeting objectives was followed by a moderated discussion on the status of implementation.
IAWD and IAWD have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will strengthen the cooperation between the two associations for mutual benefit. With this MoU, IAWD officially steps into the role to coordinate IWA activities in the Danube Region. Among them is the coordination and further development of the Young Water Professionals (YWP) Initiative in the region.
In this context, IAWD co-organizes in cooperation with IWA, the University of Zagreb, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and others the 10th edition of the successful format “Eastern European IWA Young Water Professionals Conference” in Zagreb on 7-12 May 2018. The conference focuses on "New Technologies in the Water Sector" with a special extended program including three-days practical workshops at the WWTP of Zagreb, followed by a two-days scientific conference as well as social activities.
Please find the Call for Papers here: Call 10th IWA YWP Eastern Europe - Zagreb 2018
Trends wie Klimawandel, demografischer Wandel, Spurenstoffe oder auch Digitalisierung werden die Wasserbranche in ihrer zukünftigen Entwicklung beeinflussen und prägen. Aus diesem Grund ist ein strategischer Entwicklungsplan, eine Roadmap, unerlässlich. Hierzu werden ausgewählte Chancen und Herausforderungen vorgestellt und diskutiert. Das aktuelle Programm mit Anmeldeformular kann hier eingesehen werden. Weiterlesen...
17 - 20 September/Vienna/Austria
As Chair of the Specialist Group on Assessment and Control of Hazardous Substances in Water (ACHSW) and on behalf of the Organizing Committee, I invite you to participate in the Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2017, to be held in Vienna from September 17-20, 2017. The conference is the 10th Biennial Specialist Conference of the IWA SG ACHSW. The conference is organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in co-operation with the Technische Universität Wien (TU) and supported by the City of Vienna.
SHUKALB-SHUKOS Organize First Regional Benchmarking HUB
The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) and the Water and Wastewater Works Association of Kosova (SHUKOS), with the support of the Danube Water Program (DWP) and the European Benchmarking Co-operation (EBC), have agreed to develop a Joint Benchmarking HUB Program for Albania and Kosovo for the period 2016-2018, to be led by SHUKOS. The main purpose of the Program is to engage water supply and sewerage companies in Albania and Kosovo in the usage of Benchmarking, not only for performance monitoring, butabove all, as a tool for utility improvement through the analysis of performance indicators provided by the European Benchmarking Co-operation (EBC) platform. Utilities participating in the program wil have the possibility to compare themselves with similar water utility operating in the region, and learn from everyone’s best practices. Read more...
Training-of-Trainers Workshop for Commercial Efficiency Program
In 2016, the International Association of the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), under the support of the Danube Water Program, outlined a long-term strategic program for capacity building in the water supply and sewerage sector in the Danube region under the branded name, Danube Learning Partnership (D- LeaP). “Commercial Efficiency in Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities” is one of the D-LeaP Programs that the Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) and the Water and Wastewater Works Association of Kosovo (SHUKOS) have jointly to undertake as a HUB*. This capacity building Program is one of the building blocks of the training programs of D-LeaP, targeting a defined set of processes within water utilities operating in the Danube Region. Read more...
From 13 - 15 December 2016 a delegation of representatives from the Public Utility Company „Waterworks and Sewerage“ Ltd. Zenica visited Vienna Water to exchange experience in waterworks management. The visit focused on exchange on the following topics: Customer relationship, selection of materials for pipelines, technologies for reconstruction and construction of pipelines, procedures for calibration and replacement of water meters, the experience of transition from common water meters to individual water meters in buildings, and types of water meters used at Vienna Water. The delegation was presented and discussed information about the Danube Water Program and the possibilities and benefits of becoming member of IAWD. After a morning of discussions and exchanges the first day was completed with a tour through two „watermarks“ of Vienna: Vienna Water Tower and the Wienerberg Reservoir.
On the second day the delegation visited the Museum of Vienna Water at the source of water supply in Kaiserbrunn. The delegation was provided with information on the history and construction of the First Vienna Spring Water Main and of Vienna´s drinking water supply from 1869 to the present.
The three day study trip concluded with a visit to Vienna Water where the delegation learned about the wastewater treatment system of Vienna modelled on nature.
Bilateral workshop at the city hall of Subotica
Within the framework of the international programme of the UN-Habitat agency through the Global Water Operator´s Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), as another milestone of the Hungarian-Serb water cooperation, on December 9 2016 Subotica Waterworks and the Sewage Water Utility organised a one-day workshop at the City Hall of Subotica for Serbian and Hungarian professionals.
At the meeting the host presented the results achieved in the fields of technical and technological development,water extraction and drinking water technology, quality assurance and environment protection realized within the frameworkof Interegrated Management System, work safety, monitoring as well as the results achieved in the field of water treatment activities. The professionals from Budapest from among the cooperation areas of the water utility services spelles out as such important questions, like the SAP-based integrated management system, the work management sysem in the water utility sector, the centralized operational management, reduction methods of the non-revenue water and the technical tools of the water loss analysis.
On 1 December 2016 a delegation of senior representatives from water utilities in the Republic of Srpska visited Vienna Water and IAWD. The visit was part of a study tour organised by the Water Utility Association of the Republic of Srpska to Switzerland and Austria. The aim of this visit was to support managers in utilities to learn about management practices in other utilities. In addition to discussion on Vienna water management the utilities were also informed on the possibilities and benefits of becoming member of IAWD. After a morning filled with presentations and information about Vienna Water and IAWD the technical visit was completed with a tour through two „watermarks“ of Vienna: Vienna Water Tower and the Wienerberg Reservoir.
The Budapest Water Summit 2016 conference and exhibition was held between November 28 and 30
In the representation of nearly 120 countries, about 2000 scientists, politicians and experts consulted on today’s perhaps most pressing issue, one of the key element of the environmental sustainability, the protection of our water and water resources during the three days of Budapest Water Summit.
Participants of the conference agreed that it must be prevented by all possible means to let a water crisis develop in the world. Representatives of the world nine largest development banks also participated on the event and committed themselves to double the amount spent for water related investments over the next five years. The final document of the event - the Budapest Water Summit 2016 Messages and the Policy Recommendations- is also emphasizing the appreciating role of water preservation in the future. See more here:
The Roundtable of Water Utility Associations convened in Vienna on 27-28 October 2016. The focus of the meeting was the final establishment of the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP). Ten representatives of water utility associations as well as the team of the Danube Water Program, and GIZ, reviewed the final drafts of the D-LeaP Governance Documents, included comments and proposed final changes. Furthermore, the state of D-LeaP offerings was presented and potential hubs declared their interest in one or more of the offerings. The Technical Partners for the Commercial Efficiency (Valu Add) and Energy Efficiency (Econoler) programs have been selected following the meeting and the development of the curriculum of these topics has begun.
IAWD has played a central role over the past two years in bringing Water Utility Associations from the Danube region together to discuss topics of common interest. The most recent meeting of this "Roundtable of Water Utility Associations" took place in Vienna on October 27-28, 2016. The focus of the meeting was the establishment of the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) which the Roundtable of Associations has been promoting since its first meeting in September 2013. Ten representatives of water utility associations as well as the team of the Danube Water Program, and GIZ, reviewed the final drafts of the D-LeaP Governance Documents, and provide comments and final changes to the documents. IAWD is playing a central role in facilitating the formation of the Danube Learning Partnership and the meeting confirmed the commitment of the Associations to use cooperate with IAWD in this initiative. As an expression of commitment many of the Associations expressed their desire to join IAWD as Extraordinatry members.
The first of these - OVGW and the Hungarian Utility Association MAVAZ have already done so with more expected shortly.
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