- In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the role of public water operators in their communities has proven critical. Throughout the lockdowns in Europe, committed essential workers have supported our societies by ensuring that clean and safe water was flowing and that sanitation services were available 24 hours a day, immediately at home. Now that lockdown measures are being lifted throughout Europe, this central role for public health role continues as waste water is appearing to be an important tool in tracking the virus in populations.
PUBLICATION | Managing the Unexpected: European Public Water Utilities Facing the Coronavirus EmergencyAqua Publica Europea publishes a new publication on the responses and strategies developed by European public utilities during the Coronavirus emergency.
- 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.
Italian Magazine Hi-Tech Ambiente (n.3.2020) March issue featured an article on Aqua Publica Europea's Water Erasmus initiative.
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.
On the 22 March 2020, the World Water Day, the Italian water operator and Aqua Publica Europea Member Padania Acque launched an educational project focused on teaching the importance of water as an initiative to provide resources for children whilst they have to stay at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As the COVID-19 outbreak affects all of Europe, the continued supply of high quality drinking water and sanitation operations is essential to ensure health of all citizens and continuity of other essential activities. In this context, the Management Board and members of Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, adopt today a joint statement, outlining common commitments to fulfil public water operators’ mission for the continued delivery of quality water whilst also protecting health and securing a coordinated response across Europe.
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.
Scheduled to start on 31 January 2020, the post-graduate degree in 'Management of Integrated Water Service' was launched on 24 January at the Palazzo dell'Acqua in Bari (Italy), as a partnership between local public water operator Acquedotto Pugliese, with its AQP Water Academy, and the University LUM Jean Monnet School of Management.
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'.
In our APE Interview Series 2019, we meet high-level water experts to discuss the future of water and share perspectives on the upcoming challenges and solutions for truly sustainable water services. This interview is part of a six-part series, all of the interviews are available in Aqua Publica Europea's publication 'The Public Water Services of the Future'
In our Autumn Newsletter, we review our seminar 'Building a Circular Society', present our 10-year publication on 'The PublicdWater services of the future', and talk about our General Meeting 2019, the promotion of tap water as drinking water and the upcoming EU programme for Water Operator Partnerships in the context of Development and International Cooperation.