Water is the source of all life, an essential element for people and societies. It is also a finite resource which needs to be managed and used responsibly and sustainably. As a common resource, water is shared by all of us and with future generations, which means that a long-term
Since the beginning of the year, APE and 7 of its members are engaged in the Horizon2020 SMART.MET project. The aim of SMART.MET is to drive the development of new technologies to deal with the collection and management of smart metering data through a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).
On 23 March 2020, Aqua Publica member representatives from 50 water operators from: Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Montenegro, Austria gathered in an online roundtable to exchange about the COVID-19 emergency and share the measures adopted by public water operators to ensure continuity of services during this unprecendented crisis.
The upcoming Farm-to-Fork Strategy announces high ambitions for sustainable food systems, with an approach that addresses the entire supply chain, taking into account health, fairness, environment and food security considerations. In this context, we emphasise that our production and consumption habits deeply affect the environment, and notably water resources in terms of quality and quantity.
The Transnational Institute (TNI) in collaboration with other organisations publishes the '7 steps to build a democratic economy', based on the panels, workshops and discussions of the international 'Future is Public: Democratic Ownership of the Economy' conference that took place on 4-5 December 2019 in Amsterdam.
Aqua Publica Europea participated in the 13th meeting of the OECD's Water Governance Initiative in Paris, on 09-10 January 2020
Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, welcomes the European Parliament’s draft Motion for a Resolution on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, as step forward in the protection of water resources from pharmaceutical residues. The members of Aqua Publica Europea provide quality water and sanitation services to over seventy million people throughout Europe. Based on their on-the-ground experience and expertise, we would like to share some comments on the draft Motion for a Resolution 2019/2816(RSP).
POSITION | European Commission's Roadmap for a New Circular Economy Action plan: Aqua Publica Europea's comments
Last December, as part of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission published its Roadmap for a New Circular Economy Action Plan. Aqua Publica Europea welcomes the Roadmap and the objectives for circular economy and emphasises several key points to be taken into account: preventing waste and promoting sustainable alternatives; preventing pollution at source and addressing the question of bioresources; and taking into account the entire picture for a true circular economy.
In our APE Interview Series, we met high-level water experts to discuss the future of water and share perspectives on the upcoming challenges and solutions for truly sustainable water services. All of the interviews are available in Aqua Publica Europea's publication 'The Public Water Services of the Future'.