- 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.
On 12 April 2019, the operator from Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal, Águas de Gaia, celebrated its twentieth anniversary since the creation of the municipal operator. The event was the opportunity to go back to the past, take stock of the progress made and present projects for the next
On 8 November 2018, Alessandro Russo (Gruppo CAP), Vice-President of Aqua Publica, presented the perspectives from the municipal water management point of view during the conference organised in Rome (Italy) by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development: ' The management of a common good: access to drinking water for
On 19 November 2018, Aqua Publica Europea took part in a seminar organised by SMAT, the Turin water operator (Italy), focused on the different legislative bills on the reform of water governance currently discussed in the Italian Parliament . The Rapporteurs in charge of two ongoing initiatives, MP Federica Daga
On the 23rd of June, on the occasion of the Public Services day, the Paris’ drinking water operator and member of APE Eau de Paris was awarded the United Nations Public Service Award. This award, which aims at rewarding excellence in the public sector, was given to Eau de Paris
On the 29th of May 2017, the Management Board of Aqua Publica Europea adopted a declaration opposing the planned ban on transferring workers from a private company towards a public entity. This ban has been included under Additional Provision 27 (“Disposición Adicional 27”) in the 2017 draft Spanish Budgetary Law.
APE member Gruppo CAP has surpassed important, private operators such as Acea, A2A, Hera and Iren to clinch the first prize at this year’s Top Utility Analysis awards. The decision was taken by a network of independent experts who analyze and rate the overall social, environmental and economic performance of
Ten major Spanish cities support the creation of a Spanish network of cities for public water management On the last 3rd and 4th of November 2016, the Madrid City Council (Ayuntamiento de Madrid) together with the civil society organization Red Agua Publica , organised a conference to discuss the topic
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