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DIVING IN: The role of public water operators in ensuring clean bathing waters - 12 May

12 May 2022 10:30–13:00

Water Erasmus

Aqua Publica Europea and Barcelona Cicle de l'Aigua, the public water operator from Barcelona (Spain) are organising our next WATER ERASMUS Technical Workshop on Bathing Water. 

Join us on 12 May to discuss perspectives and approaches to ensure clean bathing waters! 

*Please note that this is an invitation-only event. If you are a member, please before registering log in to your personal account. If you are not a member but you would like to attend, please contact the Secretariat at

Bathing Water

The EU benefits from very high quality of bathing waters – the European Environment Agency’s State of Bathing Waters report 2020 highlights that 93% of bathing sites meet minimum water quality standards. Clean bathing water is critical for health, the environment but also local development. At the same time, bathing water is the final destination of the pollution accumulated upstream and climate change also affects water quality with more frequent and more intense heavy rainfall and risks of stormwater overflows. Many public water operators have responsibilities related to, or affecting, bathing waters and are committed to supporting their municipalities in ensuring safe waters for locals and visitors. 

In the broader context of ongoing review of the Bathing Water Directive by the European Commission, the WATER ERASMUS Technical Meeting will start by reviewing the challenges and perspectives for safe bathing waters with institutional experts and move on to a technical exchange among water operators who will share their technical and governance approaches to contribute to clean waters, in particular considering the impact of combined sewer overflows.  


10:30                 Welcome and general presentation – Aqua Publica Europea & Barcelona Cicle de l'Aigua

10:35 – 11:00    Session 1 - Setting the scene: challenges and perspectives for bathing water quality 

  • Review of the EU Bathing Water Directive, Maja Feder, Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Q&A session 

11:00 – 11:10    Coffee break 

11:10 – 12:20    Session 2 - Technical and governance approaches by APE members  

Exchange with

  • LIFE iBATHWATER project / BCASA - Spain
  • Aguas de Gaia – Portugal 
  • SIAAP - France 
  • City of Paris - France
  • City of Vienna - Austria

12:20 – 12:45    Discussion – all participants 

12:55                 Conclusions & next steps


Aqua Publica Europea’s WATER ERASMUS initiative fosters a dynamic network of water professional to promote mutual learning through a suite of activities tailored to the needs of APE operators. WATER ERASMUS Technical Workshops address a common water management challenge by relying on members’ and external expertise. Find out more:


Thank you for your interest !

This event is reserved for current members of Aqua Publica Europea. 

If you are already a member, please log in before registering. 

If you are a public water operator not member of Aqua Publica Europea, please contact our Secretariat: