- 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.
- 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.
JOINT STATEMENT | European public water operators commit to the continuity of water services in response to COVID-19 emergencyAs 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.
Aquawal, the Wallon association of water operators, has contributed to a new study on water and electricity consumption in Wallonia (Belgium). The study identifies some interesting factors related to consumption patterns and affordability, namely that the price of water does not seem to influence the consumption patterns of households. In
On Tuesday 8 September 2015, the European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on the follow-up to the European Citizen Initiative (ECI) Right2Water. Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, welcomes the text adopted by the European Parliament, as it provides a very positive answer to the expectations
Germany 26 March 2015
A wide-ranging audience of water operators from different European countries, development agencies’ representatives, and NGOs attended the APE-AöW seminar on “Public-public partnerships for the right to water and sanitation”, which took place at the Berlin Wasser International Fair on the 26th of March.
Belgium 5 December 2014
This seminar on water pricing, organised by APE, was attended by over 80 representatives of water operators, political and institutional entities, civil society’s organisations, practitioners and business associations.The high number and variety of participants proves that the interest for the topic is strong and wide-ranging; it also demonstrates that there is a growing demand for opportunities to publicly debate over the future of water resources management.
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