- 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.
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.
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'.
Because water is essential to life and to our societies and directly affects both human health and the environment, transparency and accountability in water management are particularly important and, further, respond to citizens’ and stakeholders' growing expectations . Therefore, transparency and participation are two of Aqua Publica Europea’s main priorities
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
The Spanish operator Aguas de Cádiz has presented its new strategic plan, which spans over 10 years and foreseen the investment of over 60 million. This plan is unique of its kind in the sense that it was put together through an innovative process of citizen participation. Read more on
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The expectations of citizens and stakeholders as regards information in the water sector have been increasing in the last years. On the one hand, consumers are paying greater attention to the quality of the product they consume and the services they use. On the other hand, there is growing awareness
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
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
Abbanoa, the water operator of Sardinia, organised a seminar on alternative dispute resolution. This event was the opportunity to learn more on how to settle water-related disputes out of court, helping both customers and utilities save time and money.
In February 2016 the OECD published its report Water Governance in Cities. This report incorporates the results of a survey of 48 cities with different water management models. APE and its members have actively participated to the report by providing input and feedback on its draft content.