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WECF Brussels, 29th January 2008 1 Dr Daniel VILLESSOT President of Eureau EU Sanitation Policies and Practices.

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1 WECF Brussels, 29th January Dr Daniel VILLESSOT President of Eureau EU Sanitation Policies and Practices in the 2008 International Year of Sanitation

2 WECF Brussels, 29th January Presentation of Eureau European federation of national associations of drinking water and wastewater services providers Serving around 405 million people in EU + EFTA countries Objectives of Eureau members are : to produce and supply drinking water of high quality from non polluted sources of raw water to collect and treat wastewater efficiently before discharging it into receiving bodies to provide sustainable water and wastewater services at affordable costs to European citizens

3 WECF Brussels, 29th January EUREAU: European Federation of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services

4 WECF Brussels, 29th January International Year of Sanitation The challenges of the International Year of Sanitation: Target 10 of the MDGs is to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation WHO* estimated total spending, excluding programme costs is US $ 142 billion, or US$ 28 per capita, or US$ 14 billion per year Main efforts on WHO Western Pacific region, South-East Asia, African region (84% of total) Europe and newer Member States? * Guy Hutton, Jamie Bartram, Bulletin of the WHO, January 2008, 86 (1)

5 WECF Brussels, 29th January International Year of Sanitation Estimated total spending required, including maintaining and replacing existing infrastructure and facilities and extending coverage to existing and future increases in population: US$ 360 billion 59% in urban areas Interregional variation exists in these estimates and shares EU and newer MS certainly not the major issue world wide

6 WECF Brussels, 29th January Clarifying Components of « Sanitation »* Do we speak about the same issue under sanitation? Two official concepts: Basic sanitation Improved sanitation Drainage of stormwater Treatment, disposal, reuse or recycling of effluents A common ground for politicians, public health, environment, water practitioners is necessary * AquaFed, Stockholm, August 13th 2007

7 WECF Brussels, 29th January Eureau supports the IYS Eureau members support the IYS: At EU level, within the newer Member States Regular actions the year long through out the Commissions A workshop under the Slovenian Presidency, in May? Providing European support for sustainable sanitation outside the EU (Africa, Asia, South East Asia, Latin America) Through out direct partnerships Through out national and/or international associations

8 WECF Brussels, 29th January RETURNS FROM THE FIELD ON IYS TARGETS IN EU EU fundings from ISPA to the new Cohesion Funds (CF) Mainly addressing urban population sanitation rather than rural and small population (eg Ostrava and Brno in CZ Republic) Projects over 10 M More CF on wastewater, but projects are still under development and should also address the rural areas

9 WECF Brussels, 29th January SAMTID programme (Small And Medium Town Infrastructure Development) ToR for future SAMTID projects Management support to Project Coordination Unit Support the stregthening of Associations of Municipalities Support the strengthening od regional Operating Companies Assistance to ROC in elaboration of Water and Wastewater Master Plans Revised guidelines for WWMP PHARE (EC), Dec 2004-Dec2006, M 3,6; (UK, Safege, GIE) RETURNS FROM ROMANIA

10 WECF Brussels, 29th January Large agglomeration provide better ecological effects Project: Operational Programme for Infrastructure and Environment include small projects in Natura 2000 areas (CF 2,8M+ public funds 16,7M) Polish waste management planning: upgrade of 1734 WWTP (including small WWTP) km sewers; cost 10 M * From Klara Szatkiewicz, Eureau Board member for Poland RETURNS FROM POLAND*

11 WECF Brussels, 29th January RETURNS FROM PARTNERSHIPS Several partnerships have been signed up between Eureau members and NMS : Poland, Baltic Countries, etc… Nowadays they are called WOPs (Water Operators Partnerships, after UN and IWA agreement) Den Hague (11-13 November 2007) Mainly on urban areas PPP with private operators in CZ, HU, RO, BU are covering urban areas, but after some years, are extended to rural areas Always involving local governance, financial issues and management of facilities, O&M best practices, and local staff training PSP

12 WECF Brussels, 29th January More on Sanitation MDGs and IYS Some recommendations from Eureau members: CAPEX are certainly essential to start dealing with the sanitation of small rural areas in the NMS, but… Local governance is of paramount importance to ensure appropriate O&M of the systems (sewers + WWTP) Acting Local authority Authorisation, registration of the facilities at State level OPEX for maintenance and monitoring of performances should also be included in order to better improve the water bodies! (ref WFD) Regulation?

13 WECF Brussels, 29th January Thank You ! EU Sanitation Policies and Practices in the 2008 International Year of Sanitation

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