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 Sunday, 26 April 2015

DWP Events 2015

Benchmarking Workshop/
Benčmarking radonica
    18-20 March, Belgrade, Serbia

Danube Water Conference
    7-8 May, Vienna

Events 2015

IWA - Regional Utility

     13-15 May, Tirana, Albania




Program Opportunities

Asset management
Competitive Grant
Consulting Services for
    Commercial Efficiency

Energy Efficiency


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Benchmarking Workshop/Benčmarking Radionica

On 18-20 March 2015 Utility Benchmarking HUB for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia will organize its first annual Benchmarking workshop. Read more...

U periodu od 18.-20. marta, 2015. godine, Platforma za benčmarking ViK preduzeća iz Bosne i Hercegovine, Crne Gore, Hrvatske, Makedonije, Slovenije i Srbije (Platforma) će organizovati svoju prvu godišnju Benčmarking radionicu.

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- Benchmarking Workshop

- Benčmarking radionica


Danube Water Conference

7/8 May, Vienna, Austria



Progress in Competitive Grants

The activities of competitive grants under the Danube Water program has been underway now for almost a year and important results have been achieved. Read here about the successes that have been achieved in East Sarajevo and in developing a regional training program for utilities in the Western Balkans (Shukalb).




In May 2014 the Danube Region experienced one of the most damaging flood events ever recorded. An unusual low pressure weather system produced extensive rainfall over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia in a very short time resulting in the highest levels of precipitation in over 120 years of recorded measurements. Over 60 people were killed by the events and hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes. The rains also activated torrents and mudslides, and several rivers in watersheds of the Sava and Morava River systems rose and flooded surrounding valleys and covered extensive areas of land with floodwaters. Among the consequences of the floods was a major disruption and potential long term damage of water services (water supply and waste water treatment) in some communities.

The following presentations are providing information‘s about what happened in the 2014 floods and then evaluate what are the lessons for Water Services and Water Utilities.

Belgrade-Waterworks Sewerage danube floods - Tausanovic

Nalas-Session of floods - Janevska

Wash-Austria presentation - Toro

Who-WSP for flooding - Schmoll


Danube Water Program Survey - Results

The Danube Water Program survey has been completed. Out of the 112 responses, the Danube Water Program was able to get feedback on strengths of the program (e.g. knowledge sharing particularly appreciated) and input into potential new priorities for activities. A summary of the key results from the survey can be found here. Thank you to all those persons who responded to the survey and provided valuable input to assist in further developing the Danube Water Program.

  Survey result



Danube Water Program - Brochure

This brochure describes the Program and its activities, shares some early results of collaboration, presents findings and lessons derived from those activities, and describes its longer-term vision.



Danube Water Program Update - Newsletter

This newsletter updates readers on the activities of the Danube Water Program



2nd Workshop on Asset Management

03 November, Belgrade, Serbia

2nd Asset Management Workshop with the program participating Utilities was organized on the 3rd of November 2014 in Belgrade, Serbia, by AM team. Activities during the conference included:

- Current Project Status
- Commercial Data Evaluation – Explanation & Examples
- Discrepancy Data Evaluation – Asset Registers Verification
- Network Asset Management Principles - Recap

The workshop was successful with all (except 1) participating Utilities in the program attending the conference. The workshop was set in 1 day, with the introductory session dedicated to words of DWP Leaders, followed by presentation of Current Project Status and overview of AM Methodology.

At the second part of Workshop, participants were spread into two groups, based on achieved level of AM based GIS developed and position held in the Utility. One group have GIS exercises in basic/advance skills with graphical data handling. The other group was trained in manner of structuring UfW, especially commercial part, cleaning wrong captured data (resolving graphical discrepancies) with recap of network data model. Finally, cloud based approach (with explanation of Network Discrepancies Report) was demonstrated for leading 4 Utilities.

The presentations can be downloaded here.


Utility Benchmarking activities fully operational. Danube Benchmarking Hubs make presentation to EBC Yearly Workshop.

The three existing Danube Hubs (Bulgaria, Kosovo/Albania, and Serbia/BiH/Croatia/ Macedonia/and Montenegro) for Utility Benchmarking attended the annual European Benchmarking Cooperation workshop in Antwerp November 17-19, 2014 where over 100 persons from utilities in Western Europe exchanged information on their utility performance. A presentation by the three Danube Hubs was made at the conference (see attached) and Hub Coordinators learned first hand how the EBC method of utility benchmarking is carried out.

-DWP EBC Meeting


Danube Water Program Audit Report

The first year audited report of the distribution of financial resources under Component 2 of the Danube Water Program has been prepared and provided a positive judgement of the financial management. The report for 2013, prepared by the audit company KPMG, outlines that the initial distribution of funds in 2013 has begun slowly but proper financial management arrangements are in place and being followed. A much larger portion of  program funding will be spent in 2014 when major elements of the program (i.e competitive grants, asset management and other utility capacity building programs) are fully operational.

-IAWD Audit Report


MOU Between Open Regional Fund and
Danube Waters Secretariat Signed.

The Open Regional Fund, supported by the German GIZ and Swiss Development Corporation, and IAWD on behalf of the Danube Water Program signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 18 committing the parties to “achieve maximum synergy and benefit from the activities of the DWP and the ORF/LLSEE programs.”  The MOU identifies how funding of the two programs will be used for creating synergy in building a strong Regional Dialogue Platform and in activities related to Asset Management and Benchmarking.
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DANUBIS Water Platform Online

DANUBIS stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS water platform is an online repository of resources for and about water and sanitation utilities in the Danube region. 

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