On 17 October 2019, Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, launched its new publication 'The Public Water Services of the Future'. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the association proposes to outline the role that public water operators across Europe are undertaking, as actors of their communities, fully embedded into their environmental, social, economic and knowledge ecosystems, and striving to contribute to a sustainable future. Based on the long-term strategies and concrete actions of the member operators, the document addresses how they are preparing to address the great challenges of tomorrow and to harness opportunities.
Because water is essential to life and to our societies and directly affects both human health and the environment, transparency and accountability in water management are particularly important and, further, respond to citizens’ and stakeholders' growing expectations. Therefore, transparency and participation are two of Aqua Publica Europea’s main priorities. In
On 3 March 2020, Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, organised a technical meeting between its Management Board, the European Commission and key water stakeholders, in Brussels, to discuss the concrete application of water policy, addressing in particular the question of the combined implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. Read the full report.
The lively discussion during the Thematic Session ‘Towards a Sustainable Approach to Sludge Management: legal frameworks and technological solutions’in Edinburgh showcased the diversity of national and local situations relating to sludge management and the issues faced by water operators.
Nowadays the international community widely acknowledges that the affordability of water and sanitation services is crucial for the realization of the human right to water. However, water affordability is a multi-faceted concept, encompassing various—and not only economic—dimensions. For this reason, ensuring affordability is a complex task, which entails both methodological
On the occasion of APE-Eau de Paris “Water and Climate” seminar, and on the eve of the COP21 Conference, APE presented a publication collecting a series of best practices from APE members with regard to the protection of water resources.
This book analyses different cases where water management went back to the public sector, and seeks to share the lessons learned and best practices with citizens, workers and policy makers. It is also meant to be a resource for building the alliances needed to further strengthen the progress towards democratic
This report, edited by the Working Group 1 on Financing and Tariffs, argues that water pricing alone cannot reconcile the conflicting objectives of cost recovery, 'adequate' incentives and affordability. Good governance, transparency and an institutional framework that supports investments also represent key conditions for tackling the challenges that water operators