- Following last week's vote in the European Parliament’s plenary, Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, welcomes the adoption of the Water Reuse Regulation as a critical harmonised framework for the reuse of treated water for irrigation. The new legislation sets common European quality standards for water
The SMART-MET consortium concludes the installation of 3000 innovative smart water metering solutions in five European sitesAqua Publica and seven of its members have been involved in the EU-funded research project SMART.MET for the development of innovative solutions for smart metering that now is reaching its final stage.
- In our Summer 2021 newsletter, you will find the international conference A blue new deal report, public water operators peer-to-peer exchanges, webinars series wrap-up video and an interview with UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
On 23 June 2021, Aqua Publica Europea co-organised, in partnership with the European Commission TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER programme, a peer learning expert mission on phosphorus recovery from wastewater treatment between experts from Germany, Belgium and Italy.
10 June 2021
The SCOREwater Horizon 2020 Innovation project, which counts with the participation of Aqua Publica member BCASA (Barcelone, Spain), invites you to the online event "Decrypting wastewater information" on 1 June.
On 20 May, Aqua Publica Europea and Águas de Gaia, the public water operator of the city of Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal), co-organised the international conference "A Blue new Deal: water's role in a sustainable and fair future” to discuss how effective protection of water resources can contribute to building a green and fair recovery.
On 28 April 2021, Aqua Publica Europea organised the third webinar of its series of briefings on the opportunities for the water sector. On this occasion, Andrea Bianchini (DG for Environment, European Commission ), Pieter Lahousse (Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen) and Marco Citelli (Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform) introduced Interreg Programmes opportunities for water utilities to strengthen research capacities and develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
Prof Pedro Arrojo-Agudo was appointed as the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation in November 2020. Aqua Publica had the opportunity to interview him about his mandate priorities and so how public water operators can contribute. The interview is presented in a format of five episodes.
4 May 2021
At the beginning of 2021, new water in buildings certificate, named CertIBEau, entered into force in the Belgian region of Wallonia. In this context, AquaWal joins other local partners on 4 May to introduce the new certificate scope and obligations.
On 16 March, the Italian public water operators BrianzAcque (Brianza), CAP Group (Milan) and Como Acqua (Como), members of Aqua Publica Europea, together with the Lombardy Region, the Interregional Agency for the Po River (AIPo) and Lombardia per l'Ambiente Foundation, presented the "Seveso Stream' project which aims to conserve Seveso local river ecosystem.
24 February 2021
On 24 February 2021, AEOPAS, the Spanish Association of Public Water Operators in partnership with the Spanish Ministers of Health and of Environment, organised a high-level workshop to discuss the implementation of the Drinking Water Directive in Spain.