13th European water and wastewater symposium takes hemispheric approach

Water management in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia the focus of European Wastewater Association event, April 26-28, hosted by IFAT 2005 exhibition...

HENNEF, Germany, March 11, 2005 -- From April 26-28, the regional characteristics of environmental engineering are on the program of the European Water, Wastewater and Waste Symposium which takes place within the framework of IFAT 2005, the International Specialist Trade Fair for Water, Wastewater, Waste and Recycling.

The symposium organized by the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA, formerly ATV-DVWK) in collaboration with the European Water Association (EWA), is under the motto "Cleaner environment for a growing Europe". The water management factors of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia are presented and discussed in three regionally characterized subject blocks.

Water management in Central and Eastern Europe
On April 26, representatives of various European countries will present their experiences with the treatment of wastewater as well as their problems with water pollution control. The start is provided by Ján Derco (Bratislava, Republic of Slovakia), who reads a paper on Slovakian experience with the adoption of EU legislation for the treatment of wastewater. The situation on and problems of wastewater management in Bosnia and Herzegovina is presented next by Enes Alagic (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). Cross-border, and thus completely within the sense of the European Water Framework Directive, the presentation by Ivan Zavadsky (Wien, Austria) deals with water pollution control in the neighboring states of the Danube and the Black Sea. The situations with water management in Hungary and Slovenia are dealt with individually in the presentations by Karoly Kovacs (Budapest, Hungary) and Milenko Ros (Ljubljana, Slovenia) respectively.

DWA Workshop 'Middle East'
In this DWA Workshop on 27 April 2005 four speakers are concerned with the respective situations of water management in Israel, Jordan and Yemen as well as with wastewater technologies matched to the newly industrialized and to the less developed countries. In the first presentation of the Workshop Abdelkarim Asa'd and Nancy E. Barnes (Ramallah, West Bank, Israel) set out the challenges on the organizational development of water supply for Jerusalem. Water management in Jordan, which currently is undergoing a considerable change, is covered in the presentation by Uwe Stoll (Amman, Jordan). Following this, the peculiarities of wastewater disposal in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world for water, is presented next by Karl-Dankwart Kummer (Essen, Germany). In the last presentation of the Workshop Hans G. Huber and Franz Bischof (Berching, Germany) are concerned with approaches for solutions to match wastewater technologies in newly industrialized and less developed countries.

The Organizers
The German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (www.dwa.de), is the spokesperson in Germany for all universal questions on water and is involved intensively in the development of secure and sustainable water management. The ca. 15,000 members represent the experts and executive personnel from municipalities, universities, engineer offices, authorities and businesses. The emphasis of its activities is on the elaboration and updating of a common set of technical rules and standards and on collaboration with the creation of technical standard specifications at the national and international levels.

The European Water Association (www.ewaonline.de) is one of the most important technical-scientific associations in Europe in the field of water. With 25 national member associations and a growing number of member firms, the EWA covers nearly all European countries. It offers its members a forum for the discussion of central technical and political questions. This takes place through conferences, workshops, meetings and groups of experts as well as through regular publications. Via the 25 national member associations there are more than 55,000 experts from the complete field of water.

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