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Active control of losses in water supply systems

On 12 September 2017, UC „Vodovod i kanalizacija“ j.s.c. East Sarajevo held the final conference of the Competitive Grant Project "The active control of losses in water supply system of East Sarajevo", which is organised by the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) with financial support from the Danube Water Program.

The main goal of the conference was to enhance experience and knowledge exchange in the area of Non-Revenue Water and Water Loss Reduciton between experts from utility companies. Several eminent experts presented modern approaches to reduce NRW, such as Jurica Kovac, Member of the IWA Specialist Group on Water Loss, Djevad Koldzo, an individual consultant, Alen Robovic from UNDP, and Goran Orasanin, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, East Sarajevo.<\p>

At the conference employers of the UC “ViK” E. Sarajevo presented the work on the establishment of a pilot DMA in East Sarajevo (Dobrinja IV) and the application of active control of losses in the water supply system of East Sarajevo. Fifteen utility companies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia participated at the conference, and some of them presented their own experiences (water supply lines Prijedor, Bijeljina, Cajetina and Uzice) to reduce NRW, the challenges and problems they face, and examples of good and bad practices in utility companies.<\p>

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Press Release avalaible on Water Days in Nis

The Press Release on the Water Days organised by the Association for water protection and preservation in the South of Serbia (WASS) in June 2017 is now available.

Press Release

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Conference on "Water as a limited resource and water source protection" in Levkovac, Serbia

On August 29, 2017, the Waterworks and Sewerage Association of Serbia and PUC "Waterworks" Leskovac as hosting institution in cooperation with the Association for Water Technology and Sanitary Engineering (UTVSI) and the Association for Public Utilities of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (SCC) organised the conference "Water as a limited resource and water source protection".

The conference was dedicated to the analysis of problems and current most important aspects of the capacity of the water resources, quality and quantity of waters of Serbia, as well as the importance of technical regulation, standardization and application of technical rules together with the possibilities and advantages of implementation of Technical Safety Management in water supply and presentation of report on water supply companies in Serbia.

In the frame of the conference Zorana Petrovic, Coordinator for International Cooperation of UTVSI and Commission President 165 - Standardization of Serbia, presented the project “Preparation for Introduction of Technical Safety Management in Serbian Water Supply Companies”, which was a Competitive Grant Project funded by the Danube Water Program.

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ADKOM delivered final conference of the Competitive Grant Project "Development of Capacities for Business Planning"

On 14 July 2017, the Association of Utility Service Providers of Macedonia (ADKOM) held the final conference of the Competitive Grant Project "Development of Capacities for Business Planning", which was organized by IAWD under the Danube Water Program.

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BiH signed DANUBIS DCM Memorandum of Understanding

The Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Water Utility Association of Republic of Srpska, the Association of the Employers of Utility Companies in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and IAWD have signed the DANUBIS DCM (Data Collection and Management) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the frame of the 2017 DWC.

The DANUBIS DCM platform is a web-based interface allowing “managing institutions” in each country to collect, validate, analyze, manage and share utility performance data and indicators within their country. It is fully customizable including the list of variables and indicators, language, frequency of data collection, data sharing mechanisms etc.

With Bosnia and Herzegovina signing the MoU, five countries in total are already participating in the DANUBIS DCM with one more under consideration.

 

IAWD participating in the Regional Capacity Development Network (RCDN) for Water and Sanitation Services

Municipalities and water utilities often request from their national associations support through the provision of capacity development measures, i.e. formal skills training. Some of the associations of the water utilities and the municipalities in the different countries do offer skills training courses. However, quality and range of offers vary significantly and are strongly linked to the capacities of the associations themselves. Capacity development (CD) measures are mostly add-ons to externally financed infrastructure projects. Thus, they are in general limited to the supported water utilities or municipalities and over a limited period of time.

In order to address this problem, a four-year project was designed to establish a self-sustaining RCDN for water and sanitation services. The project is jointly financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic cooperation (BMZ).

The project will enable 16 associations of municipalities and water utilities, as well as the regional organisations NALAS and IAWD, to facilitate and coordinate CD initiatives in the region and to support delivery of CD measures.

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2017 Danube Water Conference - Final Program available

The Final Program of the 2017 Danube Water Conference dealing with deal with "Addressing the Challenges of Financing Water Services for Development" is available now. Please find the Program here.

 

IWA Performance Indicators Conference 2017 - Program available

 

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Appropriate performance indicators are essential for describing the quality of water supply. However, these are often difficult to establish: while they should be universally applicable, they should yet take account of special characteristics as well. Every other year, the IWA Benchmarking und Performance Assessment Specialist Group organises a conference showcasing international projects, applications and developments. This time, this international forum is to take place in Vienna (15 - 17 May 2017) and will offer participants an opportunity to keep up-to-date with the state of the art in the important field of performance indicators. The conference organised in Vienna by the International Water Asscotiation (IWA) and the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) offers in-depth international information ranging from research to practical applications. Please find the Program of the PI2017 here.

Walter Kling, IAWD Secretary General: “Technical performance indicators such as those determined by benchmarking are not to serve as justification vis-à-vis stakeholders but were developed to be able to measure one’s performance against that of industry colleagues and perhaps in this way to spot improvement potentials for one’s home company. However, consumers and political decision-makers, too, want to have access to data that discloses whether a water utility is well managed.”

To register for the IWA Performance Indicator Conference 2017, please go to www.iwa-pi2017.org!

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Kick-off Meetings – Asset Management Advisory Services for Water Utilities in South-Eastern Europe

The Program “Asset Management Advisory Services for Water Utilities in South-Eastern Europe” has started officially with the Kick-off meetings in Skopje (Macedonia) on 4 April 2017, in Podgorica (Montenegro) on 6 April 2017 and in Belgrade (Serbia) on 10 April 2017. The funding of 2.315.000 EUR has been provided by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit), HCE (Hydro-Comp Enterprise) Ltd. from Cyprus and DWP (Danube Water Program – a joint initiative of the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area – IAWD and the World Bank). Partners for the project implementation are both AM (Asset Management) Centres – UTVSI (Association for Water Technology and Sanitary Engineering) from Belgrade, Serbia for the water utilities from Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia and Aquasan Network BiH from Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the water utilities from BiH.

 

Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) - Training of Trainers for Commercial Efficiency Program taking place in Albania

The Danube Learning Partnership is proud to present the Training of Trainers event for the Commercial Efficiency Program to be held on 26-28 April 2017 in Korca, Albania (by invitation only). Representatives of three Hubs (SHUKALB/SHUKOS in Albania/Kosovo, ADKOM in FYR Macedonia and APA Brasov in Romania) are trained by the Technical Partner ValuAdd. The training program embodies a comprehensive curriculum consisting of a combination of classroom transfer of knowledge, practical field observation and engagement. Trainees will also be able to observe and discuss the activities that are conducted at the Customer Service Center and the Meter Management shop of the utility, as a part of the training workshop.

Commercial Efficiency Leaflet

 

Sustainability of Water Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Press release available

On 5 and 6 April 2017 a regional conference on „Sustainability of water services in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was organized by the Association for Water and Environmental Protection Sector „Aquasan Network in B&H“, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in B&H, Association „Waterworks RS“, Association of Employers of Utility Companies of the FB&H“, and the Association of Cities and Municipalities of the FB&H and the Association of Municipalities and Cities of the RS. The conference was held in Banja Luka.

Press Release

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Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) - First Training of Trainers event taking place in Bulgaria

The Danube Learning Partnership is speeding up. The first Training of Trainers event for the Energy Efficiency Program took place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 6-10 March 2017. 14 people from four different Hubs (Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Bulgaria) were trained by the Technical Partner Econoler not only in energy efficiency, but also in adult learning.

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Energy Efficiency Leaflet

 

Updated and revised version of the Danube Water Program Work Plan published

An updated and revised version of the DWP Work Plan (Phase 2) has been released.It can be downloaded here.

 Danube Water Program Work Plan Phase 2

 

D-LeaP Declaration of Intent and DANUBIS DCM Memorandum of Understanding signed at the Danube Water Conference 2016

In the frame of the 4th Danube Water conference, held in Vienna on 11-13 May 2016, a Declaration of Intent was signed between IAWD and the members of the Round Table of Water Utility Associations to establish the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP).

The Vision of D-LeaP envisages a Danube region where all citizens enjoy sustainable water and wastewater services. D-Leap aims to achieve its vision by offering a sustainable and comprehensive set of learning and capacity-building programs to participating utility companies and sector professionals through the partnering national water associations.

Walter Kling, Secretary-General of IAWD, comments: „The signing of the declaration marks the start of concrete action by the members of the Round Table of Water Utility Associations. The partners will join IAWD as members and the Round Table develops to be one of the important networking platforms for the Danube and Balkan region!”

Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the newly developed DANUBIS DCM (Data Collection and Management) Platform was signed between IAWD and four participating countries represented by their Managing Institutions (Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia).

Whereas the website DANUBIS.org facilitates the management of a regional utility performance database accessible for all, the Danubis DCM comprises the development of an optional regional Data Collection and Management platform. The DANUBIS DCM platform allows utility companies to enter utility performance data in an amicable web interface and helps national institutions to check the quality and consistency of the data provided as well as to manage and safeguard the data in a secure manner. The next action to be taken in this context is the translation of training materials and a workshop on the use of the DCM platform in June.

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Work Plan for Danube Water Program Phase II now available online

Upon receiving confirmation that the Danube Water Program will be extended for at least another three years, a Work Plan was compiled for Phase II, which runs until the end of 2016. The updated Work Plan describes all on-going and planned activities under both the current and next phase of the Program, and builds on the latest Work Plan for 2013-2015 approved by the Steering Committee in February 2015. The Work Plan is consistent with the Program's objective and revised results framework and reflects progress made and feedback received since the start of the Program. The document is available for download below and can also be found under the 'Key Program Documents' heading in the 'Publications' section on this webpage.

 Danube Water Program Phase II Work Plan

  

Danube Water Program continues to end of 2018

The Danube Water Program has received funding for a second phase (continuation) and will be active for at least another three years – up to the end of 2018. The Austrian Ministry of Finance approved the additional 5 million euro financing and all the necessary Grant documents have been signed.

The World Bank and IAWD will again jointly manage the activities (as a continuation of the existing arrangements) and the staff who have managed the work till now will continue their work.

In the continuation of the program there will be the major program elements continued with an additional focus on capacity building of utilities and support for strengthening National Water Utility associations and IAWD in particular. A second round of competitive grants will also be launched early in 2016.

Prior to the end of the project another State of the Sector survey will be completed to review progress in reforming the water sector and additional analytical work will be carried out on regionalization and supplying water services to rural areas among other topics.

 

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DWP Events

Seminar on wastewater management and potable water supply
    17 - 23 September, Bavaria, Germany

Benchmarking 2nd Phase Kick-off Workshop for Kosovo and Albania
    7 July 2017, Pristina, Kosovo

Further Events

Water Exhibition and Forum, 2017
    15 - 17 November 2017, Belgrade, Serbia

5th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition "Wastewater Challenge"
    1 - 3 November 2017, Pristina, Kosovo

Current issue in water supply and sewage
    4 - 8 October, 2017, Vodice, Croatia

23rd Slovene Water Days 2017
    5 - 6 October, 2017, Portoroz, Slovenia

Roundtable of Danube Region Water Utility Associations
    14 September, 2017, Vienna, Austria

For a more comprehensive overview of water and wasterwater events in the Danube region, consult  DANUBIS.org.

 

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