- 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.
- Italy 10 October 2017On the 10th of October Aqua Publica Europea and Utilitialia, the national federation of Italian utilities, organised a seminar on Water Affordability during the Festival dell Acqua in Bari (Italy). The aim of the seminar was to present the approaches to ensuring the access to water in different European countries, including Belgium, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Scotland.
WORLD WATER WEEK | Water Operators’ Partnerships Europe: Leveraging utilities, governments & investments for SDGsSweden 28 August 2019Aqua Publica Europea is co-organising, with the European Commission's Directorate General for Development and International Cooperation (DG DEVCO) and with the Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) a session to discuss the potential of not-for-profit water operator partnerships in the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water
The members of Aqua Publica Europea have long been committed to implementing strong not-for-profit partnerships to support access to water and sanitation in developing countries with the set-up of 'Water Operator Partnerships', which are peer-to-peer, decentralised cooperation projects between utilities based on solidarity. Such projects are recognised as highly effective
On 27 June, the members of the Working Group on Communication met in Edinburgh (UK) to continue their exchanges on public water operators' campaigns to promote tap water , tackle plastic pollution and encourage careers in the water sector . A lively discussion took place and several members presented their
Aqua Publica Europea met the campaigner behind ' Free Tap Water in Belgian Restaurants' , a campaign which has been gaining traction in Belgium to encourage restaurants to start giving patrons the option to request tap water as their beverage , a practice not so common in the country. The
In our Summer 2019 newsletter we talk about sludge management and public operators' perspectives on the conditions necessary to moves towards more circularity. We also present the public water sector's commitments and actions for transparent and accountable services, as well as for sustainable energy. And whilst we continue working together,
On 29 May 2019, the operator from Paris, Eau de Paris launched a new initiative to tackle single-use plastic pollution and make Paris the first city with plastic waste-free water through a change of habits and citizen mobilisation. Noting that, each year, in France, 8,7 billion litres of water are
In April 2019, the Promedio consortium, gathering the public water operators of the Badajoz province in Spain (Extramadura), distributed 2.000 reusable water bottles in local schools . The objective is to reduce plastic waste whilst also promoting tap water consumption and raising awareness amongst younger generations and families on the
The EU Environment Ministers have adopted their position on the Drinking Water Directive to secure access to safe drinking water in Europe. Public water operators welcome this step forward but hope for more ambition before the final legislative adoption. Aqua Publica Europea welcomes the adoption of the Council’s general approach
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 23 November 2018, Aqua Publica Europea participated in the high-level conference organised by our Spanish member EMASESA (the operator of Seville) in Madrid on ' The Human Right to Water and Tariffs in the Ecologic Transition ' . As the Spanish government is current working on reforming water governance
Spain 23 November 2018
On 23 November, Aqua Publica's Spanish members AEOPAS (Spanish association of public operators) and EMASESA (Sevilla), along with the Instituto Estudios de la Tierra, organise an event on the human right to water and tariffs in policies for the ecologic transition, hosted by the Ministry for the Ecologic Transition in