IAWD participates at the Annual Conference of the Institute of the Regions of Europe

On 25-26 September 2016, Ms. Eszter Torda, Program Manager of IAWD participated and gave a presentation on the Water Operators’ Partnership (WOP) and the strategic cooperation with UN-Habitat/GWOPA in the panel discussion on water at the annual conference of the Institute of the Regions of Europe in Salzburg.

The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Hasenleithner from Energie AG Oberösterreich Wasser GmbH who recently joined IAWD.

Ms. Eszter Torda underlined, that UN is committed through UN-Habitat Programme to an integrated urban water management as it has a direct impact on urban ecology, economy, resilience and equity. With the idea of twinning water operators that have expertise to share with those who would benefit from that expertise, WOPs constitute a win-win solution for capacity development worldwide.


Ms. Eszter Torda stressed, the Danube river is an international highway between major urban areas of Europe with essential economic and human resource opportunities for business, innovation and technological challenges. The concept of the strategic cooperation with UN recognizes and puts emphasis on these factors and the underlying possibilities.


She recognized, that in this century water needs to be at the heart of the conversation.


IAWD Secretary General, Walter Kling, also participated in the event, using the opportunity to promote future cooperation with IRE on water related topics focusing on the Danube Region.

There were approximately 200 participants at the conference. It was a great opportunity to promote the work from Austria and South-Eastern Europe-wide, on local government level.

For more information visit: http://ir000044.host.inode.at/de/activities/past-events/

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IWA Pi2017 now online

IWA Pi2017

IWA Pi 2017 now online

Every two years the IWA Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group (BPA SG) organises a conference  to present experiences, learn about other benchmarking and assessment project around the world. The PI Conference is also a traditional forum where ideas and methodologies are exchanged. The next PI Conference will be hosted by the International Association of Waterworks in the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) from 15 – 17 May 2017 in Vienna.

For further information visit the official conference webpage.



New Members joined IAWD


Darius Bör - Apaserv Satu Mare/Romania, Teodor Popa - Director of Finance Compania Apa Brasov SA/Romania Valeria Toth Godo – CEO Waterworks Subotica, Walter Kling, IAWD – Secretary General and Vladimir Tausanovic, IAWD – President

At the General Assembly in May IAWD welcomed three new members to the organisation: Compania Apa Brasov SA and Apaserv Satu Mare in Romania and Vodovod Subotica in Serbia. Each of these utilities are active members of their national associations and have been active in improvements to their operation as well as engaged in international activities. In joining IAWD General Manager Danutiu Stegerean of Apaserv pledged “to contribute resources and expertise to the successful development of regional collaboration with other water companies in the Danube area”. Subotica has demonstrated its commitment to cooperation by agreeing to participate in a Water Operator Partnership together with long-time IAWD member Budapest Waterworks. Darius Bör from Apaserv Satu Mare said "IAWD serves as the dynamic knowledge hub for water utilities to establish their own foothold".

In addition to new utility members IAWD is also very pleased to have a new extraordinary membership from the Austrian Water Association (ÖVGW). Also the General Secretary of the Hungarian Water Association MaViz attended the General Assembly of IAWD in May and expressed that the “delegation was very satisfied and we are very committed to be involved in the work of IAWD as an upcoming extraordinary member.”


Memorandum of Understanding signed between IAWD and UN-Habitat


Csaba Haranghy, CEO Waterworks Budapest; Walter Kling, IAWD - Secretary General; Jose Luis Martin Bordes, GWOPA - Programme Officer; Vladimir Tausanovic, IAWD - President

In March 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IAWD and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) through the Global Water Operator´s Partnerschips Alliance (GWOPA) to establish Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) in the Danube region. The aim is to develop new opportunities for IAWD and its members, improve the service quality in the region with the support of UN. The first WOP was launched in April 2016 between Budapest Waterworks and the Waterworks of Subotica in Serbia - a new IAWD member.

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Budapest Waterworks, the mentor in this programm has already gathered much expertise in peer-to-peer support during the (profit-oriented) globalisation initiative launched by the Hungarian government. The non-profit-oriented WOP is now drawing benefit from this expertise. Csaba Haranghy, Head of Budapest Waterworks and Vice-President of IAWD, explains the interests of his enterprise in the WOP. „A particularly positive aspect ist hat we are able to maintain a high level motivation among our staff. After many decades, work tends to become a routine, and it is always good to have some change! At the same time, we get an insight into other international aspects of our so fallen water world. Last but not least, the mentor also learns from the mentee

The established WOP has also given rise to mutual „fact-finding missions“ in each other´s operation and a number of workshops. Budapest has also provided manuals in Hungarian and English language. A WOP last for 14 months and can subsequently be extended.


Memorandum of Understanding signed between IAWD and NALAS


Naim Ismajli, NALAS – President and Walter Kling, IAWD – Secretary General

NALAS brings together 16 associations which represent roughly 9000 local authorities, directly elected by more than 80 million citizens of this region. NALAS promotes the process of decentralisation in cooperation with central governments and international organisations, considering local self-government as a key issue in the current process of transition affecting the various countries in the South-East Europe.

During the XI NALAS (Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe) General Assembly, held in Pristina on 14 and 15 April 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NALAS and IAWD. "I am happy that I was able to attend NALAS conference yesterday and learn about the challenges of local governments in the Region when it comes to investments. We are here to join actions, develop capacities and improve services to citizens", said Mr. Walter Kling on behalf of IAWD.

"In the past several years, with the support of the GIZ Open Regional Funds - Modernisation of Municipal Services, NALAS has been working intensively to improve the conditions in the water and waste water sector, supporting municipalities to provide well managed, good quality and sustainable water services to their citizens. During this process, we have met a valuable partner, IAWD, and have started an exchange of knowledge and expertise, being aware that municipalities and their integral part, the public utilities, must work closely together in improving the services and planning investments. Today, by signing the MoU, we are bringing the existing cooperation with IAWD at a next level", said Mayor Naim Ismajli, the new NALAS President.

Further information on NALAS can be found here.


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New Initiative for Informal Exchange Among Senior Management of Utilities – CEO Meeting convened 2016 in Vienna

The purpose of this IAWD CEO Meeting is to initiate and establish a regular opportunity for Leaders of the water sector in the Danube region to share information and experience with one another on topics of mutual interest related to utilitity management. IAWD is planning to convene at least one such meeting every year as part of its offer of benefits to utilities for participation in the organization.

On March 4 2016 Senior Executives from Water Utilities in the Danube region were invited to the launch of a new initiative of IAWD to expand exchange between Senior executives of utilities in the region. The first CEO Meeting was held in Vienna with the aim for senior executives of key water utilities in the Danube region to share information and experience with one another on topics of mutual interest related to utility management. The kick-off event featured a presentation from the CEO of Budapest Waterworks Csaba Haranghy that triggered intense discussion among the participating executives.

The Managing Director Vienna Waterworks, Wolfgang Zerobin, stated at the end of the meeting that seldom “have I had such a chance to exchange with other leaders of utilities in such a friendly and engaging atmosphere.”