The project is co-funded by the European Union
Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
The proposed DRINKADRIA project is connecting the general and specific objectives of the IPA ADRIATIC call with the identified requirements that are rising from the partners’ day-to-day management of water supply systems supplying water to the population of the addressed area.
The integration of call objectives, national priorities regarding the water supply and international legal framework (i.e. Water Framework Directive) was considered. This priority was also recognized by the Adriatic – Ionian Initiative underlining importance in utilities cooperation in the Bari Declaration. Practical problems which are recognized by the competent Authorities and water utilities are usually a result of a process when new borders (ex-Yugoslavia, Slovenia-Italy) have cut the existing water supply systems. The borders also cut the water resources, with water resources in one country and the water use in another.
This reality has been now addressed by the bilateral commissions for water management that have now an applicable framework EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60), providing useful procedures for the harmonized water resource management. With the first cycle of River Basin Management Plans (2009-2015) it has become clear, that the issue of cross-border management of the shared water resources is complex and the directive is only a beginning of a difficult process of harmonization of procedures, approaches, legislations and criteria that will only after several cycles lead towards the identified objective status.
Another priority issue is management of the cross-border water supply systems (WSS). They don’t draw so much attention, but their operation is of critical importance for the population in border areas, and there are quite many of them supplying water from one to another country of the Adriatic area. The only exceptions are the Greece and Albania.
Management of cross-border water supply systems is quite challenging issue. Management of WSS in one country alone is a very complex task, where quantity, quality, available resources, temperature, pressure, asset ageing, fluctuating demand, O&M risks, leakages, accidental pollutions, pipe bursts, soil instability, pricing policy, supply standards and other components are joined in their dynamics. In the case of cross-border water supply system this complexity is multiplied. And there are no standard tools and procedures to address it, which is essentially a source of potential conflict.
DRINKADRIA project provides answers to that. The issue of efficient and effective cross border water supply and water resources management will be addressed in its complexity and a set of standardized protocols on the applicable management of water supply systems and water resources (usually groundwater in the Adriatic area) will be prepared.
The protocols will be tested by the participating partners which are quite an optimal combination of Water utilities (hand-on experience in water supply and resource management), Authorities (administrative responsibility for the water supply and resource management) and Research organization (advanced knowledge on these issues). Many partners involved have an impressive set of experiences from the previous project, where some could be directly capitalized in the DRINKADRIA project.
The analytical process will be supported by the implementation of pilot actions aiming again at two domains: (1) improved water supply and (2) groundwater management in its complexity. It was recognized that the best value for money in the case of water supply could be achieved with the use of analytical tools for water losses reduction.
All results will be accompanied with much focused and advanced communication, dissemination and capitalization activities involving also several innovative solutions and solutions that will be able to sustain project results beyond the project duration especially with involvement of associated partners and established networking platform.