What is the DANUBIS.org Water Platform?

DANUBIS.org stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org Water Platform is an online knowledge space of resources on water and wastewater services in South-East, Eastern, and Central Europe. DANUBIS.org is jointly managed by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area. 

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Sector News

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21 February 2018

UNESCO launches tool to monitor water quality

Water quality affects human health, as well as ecosystems, biodiversity, food production and economic growth.
The IIWQ World Water Quality Portal, which was developed in the framework of UNESCO-IHP’s International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ), is a pioneering tool to monitor water quality using Earth Observation. The Portal addresses an urgent need to enhance the knowledge base and access to information in order to better understand the impacts of climate- and human-induced change on water security.
It aims to provide water quality information, facilitate science-based, informed decision-making for water management and support Member States’ efforts in implementing the Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation (SDG 6), as well as several other Goals and Targets that are linked directly to water quality and water pollution.


Access the IIWQ World Water Quality Portal.

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 21 February 2018

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21 February 2018

Safer drinking water for all Europeans

Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission on February 1st will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens.

The legislative proposal aims to guarantee the right to access essential services of good quality, including water, and thereby responds to the first-ever successful European Citizens' Initiative, "Right2Water", that gathered 1.6 million signatures in support of improving access to safe drinking water for all Europeans.

The new rules will require Member States to improve access for all people, especially for vulnerable and marginalised groups who currently have difficult access to drinking water. In practice, that means setting up equipment for access to drinking water in public spaces, launching campaigns to inform citizens about the quality of their water and encouraging administrations and public buildings to provide access to drinking water.

Another important change in the legislation will give the public easy, user-friendly - including online - access to information about the quality and supply of drinking water in their living area, improving confidence in tap water. According to estimates, the new measures would reduce potential health risks associated with drinking water from 4% to below 1%.

Lower consumption of bottled water can in addition help households in Europe save more than 600 million euro per year. With improved confidence in tap water, citizens can also contribute to reducing plastic waste from bottled water, including marine litter. Plastic bottles are one of the most common single use plastic items found on European beaches. With the update of the Drinking Water Directive, the Commission takes with an important legislative step towards implementing the EU Plastics Strategy presented on 16 January 2018.

More information in the press release of the European Comission "Safer drinking water for all Europeans"

Contributed by Danubis on 21 February 2018

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21 February 2018

Free Online Seminar on Water Cooperation & Diplomacy

IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminars are designed as a means of providing lifelong learning to the Institute Alumni community and Partners. Since the topics will be of interest to a broader audience, they are open to all interested persons. The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is organized in collaboration with the WaterChannel, IHE Delft partner.


Water management is conflict management. Regardless of the scale, ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on this critical resource are met effectively requires comprehensive understanding of both water science and water cooperation & diplomacy, including dispute mitigation, management, and resolution. This online seminar will investigate trends in water conflict management worldwide, and survey some skills necessary to address and transform water conflict at different scales, such as between users, sectors, states, and nations.

The online seminare will take place on March 6, 2018.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 21 February 2018

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ Moldova

20 February 2018

Moldova citizens: National Project Officer

The incumbent is recruited by the OCEEA (on a part-time basis - at 50% time) and is physically based in the OSCE Mission to Moldova to support the implementation of the OSCE project "Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Dniester River Basin" led by the OCEEA.

This Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project will assist the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine in the implementation of the Dniester River Basin Treaty that entered into force in July 2017 and had been drafted, negotiated, signed and ratified with the OSCE support. The project will help establish, as required by the Treaty, a Dniester River Basin Commission and its working groups to enable effective implementation of the Treaty. It envisions development of a detailed Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis for the basin and of a joint Strategic Action Programme. 

Note: This is a temporary position per the duration of the project, through July 2020.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 20 February 2018

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Job Opening

@ Ukraine, REGIONAL

20 February 2018

Première Urgence Internationale seeks as WASH Project Manager

The Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene Program Manager (WASH PM) will be responsible for the management and implementation of an integrated WASH program in Eastern Ukraine.The WASH PM will work under the supervision of the Field Coordinator based in Kostyantinovka.

The WASH PM position’s major objectives are to properly achieve the following global tasks:

  • Proper implementation of all aspects of the UNICEF WASH project
  • Team management of all operational staff within the project.
  • Ability to design and scale up Water supply, Water treatment and Sanitation systems and Hygiene response

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 20 February 2018

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Calls and Tenders


15 February 2018

Sweden, Stockholm

Call for young professional speakers at Stockholm World Water Week

At SIWI we believe a water wise world can only be achieved when youth have strong voices and representation in decision making. The Young Professional speakers directory has been set up to help World Water Week session convenors raise the voices of youth by including them in speaking panels. 

By participating in the Young Professional speakers directory you are ensuring:

- You are between 16 and 35 years of age on August 31, 2018.
- You are available to attend the World Water Week in Stockholm from 26 - 31 August 2018.
- You are able, if required, to cover the complete cost of your travel, accommodation and registration.
- You have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of study or have at least 2 years of experience working with the subject matter.
- You are well versed in the subject matter and feel comfortable speaking at length about the issues.
- You are able to effectively communicate in English, both written and orally.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 February 2018

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Danubis.org News

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.

Contributed by Danubis on 30 June 2017

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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 May 2017

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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 11 May 2017

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Upcoming Events

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World Water Council

World Water Forum 2018

Brasilia, Brasil // 18 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

Conference / Workshop

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.

The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries, on four different continents. In 2014, Brazil’s candidature to host the event was successful and Brasilia was selected as the host-city for the event. Accordingly, in 2018, Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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@ Bulgaria

Bulgarian Water Association

Tenth International Conference Bulaqua

Sofia, Bulgaria // 27 March 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair



BWA organises on 27-28 March 2018 its traditional conference “Bulaqua”. During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU main topic of the event will be the future investments in the water sector.


The conference aims to put accent on the priorities, perspectives and requirements that stand in front of the WSS sector for more efficient work of all stakeholders. The considerable and complex projects as well as the need of enormous investments regarding the water sector require the assemblage of the whole national management, expert and execution resource. In this regard BWA recognises the need to attract both public and private stakeholders in order to resolve the issues that investors and beneficiaries meet daily.

The main aim of the event being unofficial part of the programme for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018 is to present to all attendees best available practices and ideas in the context of the conference.


• The needs for investments within the context of constantly changing EU legislation;
• Possibilities for access to EU funds and their efficiency;
• Public-private partnerships as instrument for financing;
• WSS services’ prices and their social tolerance;
• Innovative technologies, materials and constructions;
• Modern technologies for wastewater and sludge treatment;
• Scientific & technical developments in the WSS sector.


International authors wishing to submit papers should send to the e-mail address of BWA (see below) an abstract in English, up to 200 words (1/2 page A4), until December 22nd, 2017. Abstracts should be presented as MS Word files, typesetting Arial 10 pt for the whole text, left alignment, Normal style, Sentence case. The time for presentation is up to 20 min.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by January 12th, 2018 and the successful authors will be invited to submit by March 2nd, 2018 via e-mail the full text of their papers (maximum 10 pages 18 000 chars with spaces) and/or presentations in English. No special requirements exist for papers formatting. Both abstracts and papers will be put on the web site of BWA (with the permission of the corresponding author). Please note that the presentation is obligatory for the event. The author of approved abstract (with no advertising material) does not pay entrance fee for the conference.

The authors of approved abstract (with no advertising material in in) do not pay participation fee for the conference.


The possibilities for partnership will be available soon on the web site of BWA - http://bwa-bg.com/en/bwa_events/bulaqua-2018/


Along with the conference a specialised International Exhibition “Water Sofia 2017” will take place in the same venue during 27-29 March 2018. The participants of the conference will receive a pass for the exhibition. Additional details can be found in the attached files, as well as by visiting the site of our partners or the topic of the event on BWA’s web site.


• Submission of abstracts 22.12.2017
• Confirmation for approved abstract 12.01.2018
• Second call and preliminary programme 22.01.2018
• Registraion start 22.03.2018
• Full text of reports or presentations of an applied scientific report 2.03.2018
• Inquiry for advertising presentations 2.03.2018

Looking forward to meeting you in Bulgaria - the BWA's team is at your disposal for any questions and inquiries via e-mail: bwa.sofia@gmail.com

Language: Bulgarian / English

Contributed by Dimitar Mihalkov on 19 December 2017

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@ FYR Macedonia


10th International Conference on Water and Waste Water Reality and Challenges

Orhid, Macedonia/Охрид, Македонија // 24 April 2018 - 26 April 2018

Conference / Workshop

Drinkable pure water in nature has become less in its true form and
is more polluted by various types of pollutants which, at the final
consequence, endanger the health of people.
In the past two decades, all over the world, major steps have been
taken to improve the work of water utilities in terms of optimizing
operating costs and optimizing the quality of services, while also
striving to maintain the price of water at reasonable economic
The main goal of the international conference is to study the various
options that could be taken to "modernize" the regulation of the
water sector in the Republic of Macedonia, in order to promote truly
sustainable utility companies that protect our environment whilst
ensuring services of safe water supply and waste water reuse at
national level.

Language: 1

Contributed by Philip Weller on 21 December 2017

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Country resources


25 May 2017

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Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Macedonia

Methodology for the setting of water service tariffs

The Methodology for the setting of water service tariffs shall be adopted so as to set the tariffs by which the water service providers shall generate the regulated revenue required for performing one of the following water services: 

- supply with raw water envisaged for water supplying of the population; 

- supply with drinking water or water supplying;  

- urban wastewater collection and drainage and 

- wastewater treatment. 

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Contributed by Danubis on 30 January 2018

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Research Report


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World Bank - Danube Water Program

FYR Macedonia Country Note

Water and Wastewater Services in the Danube Region - A state of the sector

This note is part of a regional state of the sector review and makes an overall assessment of the state of the sector along different dimensions - namely the context for services, the organization of services, access to services, performance of services and the financing of services.

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Contributed by Angelika Heider on 29 January 2018

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Government policy or strategy


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National River Basin Management Plan 2015

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 28 August 2017

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Roberto Martin-Hurtado

Guidance Note on the Development of Action Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation

The Guidance Note on the development of action plans aims to help countries in translating the priorities identified through the self-assessment into actions. Specific Equitable Access Action Plans are needed to guide country (or sub-national entity) efforts to achieve equitable access to water and sanitation by identifying priority actions to be implemented and ways of implementing them. The Note describes the content of Action Plans and their process of development.

This Note is mostly intended for government authorities and stakeholders in the water, health, education, social affairs, finance and other relevant sectors that would like to take action to reduce inequities in access to water and sanitation services. It is relevant both to countries that have already completed a self-assessment exercise, and to countries that are considering to embark in an integrated exercise that would include a self-assessment phase and an action planning phase. While the work carried out under the Protocol is primarily geared towards countries in the pan-European region, countries from other regions might also find this Note useful.

Publisher: United Nations,

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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Lisa Guppy

Accelerating water-related SDG success: 6 Steps and 6 Components for SDG 6

The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) launched a policy brief with six steps and six components for accelerating implementation of SDG 6.
The findings of the brief state that:

• Effective national enabling environments that accelerate SDG implementation are built on collaborations between all concerned government institutions, expert groups and civil society.

• There are six critical components that governments can focus on to meet SDG 6 with equity and true sustainability: these are adequate capacity; policy and institutional strength; finance; gender mainstreaming; disaster risk reduction and resilience mainstreaming; and governance integrity.

• There are six steps to accelerate implementation. It begins with a situational analysis of these six critical components. Then, an effective analysis builds an evidence base that supports decision-making and implementation - from now to 2030.

Publisher: United Nations University Institute for W ater Environment and Health,

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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Background or theoretical study


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World Bank Group

Joining Forces for Better Services? When, Why, and How Water and Sanitation Utilities Can Benefit from Working Together

This global study was initiated to provide evidence-based guidance to policy makers and practitioners regarding when, why, and how water and sanitation utilities can work together (“aggregate”) to successfully deliver specific policy outcomes, such as better services or lower costs. This work does not advocate for or against aggregations but rather presents and reviews global evidence, analyzes specific aggregation case studies, and identifies the key characteristics that successful aggregations have in common, depending on their purpose and the context in which they occur. Acknowledging that it is
challenging to make “before aggregation” and “after aggregation” cost comparisons because the levels of service are changing, this work focuses on proposing recommendations for successful aggregation, shaping lessons learned into a checklist of key questions to ask, and pointing out key decision points. The recommendations are based on evidence and observed experiences rather than theoretical considerations and sometimes run counter to conventional
wisdom on aggregation practices.
This study consists of a review of literature and an analysis of both qualitative and quantitative evidence—including a statistical analysis based on IB-Net data covering 1,306 utilities
from more than 140 countries; a review of global aggregation trends, collecting data for 111 countries; and 14 case studies from seven countries, providing a deep dive narrative of
aggregation experiences.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 04 October 2017

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