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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26 June 2017

LESAM 2017 – Trondheim, Norway 20 – 22 June 2017

The LESAM - Leading Edge Sustainable Asset Management of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Conference took place in Trondheim, Norway on 20-22 June and was jointly organized by IWA - International Water Association, the national association Norwegian Water, the municipality of the city of Trondheim and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The biannual LESAM facilitated by the IWA Strategic Asset Management Specialist Group, IWA establishes a consolidated leading-edge forum where utilities, consultants, regulators, researchers and asset managers identify and discuss the main challenges, new solutions and trends in strategic asset management.

Themes for LESAM 2017 included among other topics best practices in Integrated Asset Management (IAM) organizational implementation, advanced data management and IT systems implementation and innovative technologies for condition monitoring and assessment and modeling solutions, advanced economic modelling and improved accounting methods for costs and benefices and a better understanding of what consumers expect.

55 presentations divided in 8 different topics were shared with more than 150 participants from all parts of the world.

One of the presentations related to the topic Best practices in IAM was Development & Implementation of an Asset Management Business Planning Model as a Decision Support Tool for Public Utilities and Local Governments in South-Eastern Europe, a joint paper prepared by Dr. Petros Kolovopoulos and Mr. Oliver Nachevski. The reception of the presentation was very positive provoking vivid discussion with the audience.

All the presentations from the conference could be downloaded on the following link: https://www.ntnu.edu/web/lesam2017/sessions


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 26 June 2017

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26 June 2017

New edition of The Source Magazine

The Source Magazine is a product of the International Water Association. Currently, all content is open access, but will move to a freemium model for the next issue of the magazine with five to six free articles per month.

The power of social contracts in strengthening institutions

Trust binds a utility, customers and government in a ‘golden triangle’, writes Declan Hearne, leading “to higher adaptive capacity to climatic, economic or social shocks.”


Embracing water as an asset

Water has a magnetic power, says Helle Søholt. So beyond health, flood, or drought risks, its people-centric force helps us “to enjoy the sound and activities surrounding water.”

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 26 June 2017

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21 June 2017

The Blue Economy by Gunter Pauli

Inspiring talk about the Blue Economy held by Gunter Pauli at the IWA World Water Congress 2016 in Brisbane.

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ Albania

12 June 2017

Tirana, Albania

Request for Expressions of Interest – International Subject Matter Experts

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) has received financing from the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), under the Danube Water Program, toward the cost of implementing the project “Developing a Utility Management Training Program Curricula Framework for the Water Supply and Wastewater Utility Managers in the Danube Region”.

 

SHUKALB intends to apply part of the proceeds for the consultant services of 6 Subject Matter Experts, who will be developing the curricula content of the Utility Management Training Program. Specifically, they will be developing individual course narratives descriptions, learning objectives, and detailed course outlines for every course included in the final training program curriculum. 

 

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in undertaking this assignment.

 

Interested candidates can obtain more information in the RfEoI on SHUKALB’s website and Terms of Reference.

 


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Job Opening

@ Romania

04 April 2017

UNDP looking for Climate Change Expert

The purpose of this project is to transfer technologies for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin (VRB), UNDP, BiH to enable the communities of the Vrbas basin to adapt to flood risk through the transfer of adaptation technologies for climate resilient flood management,   upgrade and rehabilitation of the hydrometric monitoring network, development of a flood forecasting system and early warning system, development of emergency response plans, and provision of training in flood-specific civil protection.  

The overall objective of this assignment is to prepare a plan of action for climate change adaptation in VRB with a focus on the most vulnerable sectors: agriculture and water management.

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Job Opening

@ Montenegro

07 March 2017

Communications Officer Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med)

The Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) is seeking to hire a Communications Officer that will undertake related activities in the framework of the work programme of the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) in Southeastern Europe, and the Thematic areas of (i) Transboundary Water Resources Management; (ii) Water-Energy-Food-Environment Nexus.

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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.

 


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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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06 April 2017

Next DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

The next DANUBIS.org Steering group meeting will take place virtually through video-conferencing on 24 April at 1pm (CET). Details will be shared with members of the Steering Group in due course. If you would like to participate, please contact Philip Weller (weller@iawd.at) or Katerina Schilling (schilling@iawd.at). 


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Upcoming Events

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WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT

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German Experts Association for Environmental Technology and Infrastructure

8th DEX Summer School on Wastewater Treatment Plant Design and Advances in Energy Positive Wastewater Treatment

Rottenbach, Austria // 02 July 2017 - 07 July 2017

Course / Training

Dex Summer School started in 2009 and was successfully continued since then with more than 120 participants from more than 12 different countries.

The 2017 program follows the strategy of maintaining basic lectures enriched with new topics of interest. As a special feature in 2017, part of the summer school will be held together with the summer school of the EU financed project POWERSTEP in Vienna, where innovative and cutting-edge research on creating energy positive wastewater treatment plants will be presented.

Post graduate and doctoral students, young water professionals from consulting companies, utilities and equipment suppliers from all over Europe are welcome to apply. Special emphasis is placed on participation of young water professionals from the new EU and accession countries in Central and Eastern Europe (sponsoring of fee is possible with a separate application supported by a supervisor).

More Information can be found in the pdf.

Cost: € 390.-

Language: English

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@ Czech Republic

Czech Water Association, Czech Technical University in Prague

14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD)

Praha, Czech Rebuplic // 10 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

Conference / Workshop

Since 1981, the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD) has organized the triennial International Conferences on Urban Drainage (ICUDs). Recognised as the most important international event in the field of urban drainage, ICUDs are held in different parts of the world by groups of active researchers, selected and designated by the JC after a competitive assessment of submitted proposals. Since 2005, the Poul Harremoës Award competition has been held for the best urban drainage paper presented by a young author during each ICUD and since 2011, the JCUD Mid-Career and Career Achievement Awards for internationally recognised contributions to the field of urban drainage are granted.

The ICUD conference aims to present the latest advances and innovative approaches in fundamental and applied research on urban drainage, taking into account meteorological, hydrological, hydraulic, water quality and socio-economic aspects worldwide. Among its specific interests are urban water quality, sewer sediments, source control, storm water management, combined sewer overflows, drainage in cold and alpine climates, real time control of urban drainage systems and the data and models related to urban water. The ICUD strives to maintain its long-standing broad international recognition as a prominent platform for the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of urban drainage. It considers its activities in the wider context of urban water systems, with the ambition of developing and promoting a sustainable and integrated urban water management.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 February 2017

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@ Austria

BOKU, TU Wien, IAWD

10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference

Vienna, Austria // 17 September 2017 - 20 September 2017

Conference / Workshop

After 20 years of scientific research in the field of micropollutants, in this conference we seek to compile the current knowledge and foster its implementation in water resource management. Therefore, we gather leading experts and practitioners in the field of wastewater, drinking water and reuse from all over the world to share the latest scientific development and expertise on research, monitoring, engineering, operation and management.

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Country resources

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24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20 Legea privind plata pentru poluarea mediului nr. 1540-XIII din 25.02.1998 și alte acte normative.

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19 Hotărîrea Agenţiei Naţionale de Reglementare în Energetică № 24/2017 din 26 ianuarie 2017 " Cu privire la aprobarea Regulamentului privind procedurile de achiziţie a bunurilor, lucrărilor şi serviciilor utilizate în activitatea titularilor de licență din sectoarele electroenergetic, termoenergetic, gazelor naturale și operatorilor care furnizează serviciul public de alimentare cu apă și de canalizare" .

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.18

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.18 Convenţie Colectivă (nivel de ramură) pentru anii 2017-2021.

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Sector resources

Good Practice review

2017

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Geert Engelsman & Michel Leushuis

Review of success stories in urban water utility reform

Infrastructure is more than contract signing and cornerstone laying. Once the ribbons are cut, adequate operation and maintenance is required to reach the life-time potential of the built assets. In many countries, the reality is far from this ideal; Public Utilities struggle to sustain their infrastructure systems. Daily work is dominated by fire-fighting problems, rather than by good business conduct.

The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO has published a new Review and Tool on how Public Utilities evolve into effective institutions. We wanted to learn from successful utility turn-arounds. Eight successful cases were studied to extract the factors that led success. The Tool helps to assess where a utility is in its development or reform process and offers guidance on potential reform paths, accommodating for the political context of the utility. The Tool can support a structured dialogue amongst the stakeholders in a utility reform process, the formulation of a utility-specific reform strategy, and the monitoring of reforms.

The review and tool can be downloaded from the SECO Infrastructure Financing website in the download section at the bottom of the page.

Publisher: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO,

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Background or theoretical study

2017

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ICPDR

The 2015 Droughts in the Danube River Basin

In 2015 significant parts of the Danube River Basin were affected by droughts which negatively impacted different water-dependent economic sectors, vegetation and the aquatic environment. This is the latest of a series of events which occurred in Europe during the last decade. Similarly to the summer of 2003, a large part of continental Europe was affected by a severe drought in summer 2015, as a consequence of the combination of rain shortages and very high temperatures which resulted in high plant water requirement levels. Significant drought phenomena were experienced in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Following the 2015 droughts event, the ICPDR decided at the 18th Ordinary Meeting in December 2015 “to elaborate a report on the impacts of droughts in the Danube Basin in 2015, the measures taken and lessons learned”. The 2015 Droughts in the Danube River Basin Report includes an overview on the main characteristics of the meteorological and hydrological situation during 2015, summarises the main impacts on water-related sectors and includes an overview of measures which were taken by the individual Danube countries. Based on the analysis and discussions, lessons learned and conclusions for the Danube basin wide and national level were agreed which are summarised in the final chapter of the Report. The Report was adopted by the ICPDR at the 19th Ordinary Meeting in December 2016 and can be downloaded from this page.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 March 2017

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Manual or training material

2016

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Robert Bos

Manual of the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for Practitioners

The aim of this Manual is to promote informed decision-making by operators, managers and regulators in their daily routine, as well as to encourage them to engage actively in the national debates that will take place in many countries where the HRWS is being translated into national and local policy, legislation, and regulation.

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