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|2nd National Workshop under the DrinkAdria Project|
TOPIC: DRINKING WATER QUALITY AND PROTECTION OF WATER SOURCES IN SERBIA
Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources (JCI) organized the 2nd National Workshop titled: Drinking Water Quality and Protection of Water Sources, under the DrinkAdria (Networking for Drinking Water Supply in Adriatic Region) Project.
Serbia’s water supply issues gathered together specialists and attendees representing a large number of public water utilities from Serbia and the Republika Srpska, representatives from scientific and research organizations, experts from JCI and Batut Public Health Institute, and project partners from the Public Water Utility of Nikšić. The Serbian government was also represented, by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, National Water Directorate and Serbian European Integration Office.
The main topics of the 2nd National Workshop included questions and potential solutions to water quality and water source protection problems. The main objective of the workshop was to exchange lessons learned and improve knowledge relating to water supply enhancement, including problem identification and river reservoir and water supply source protection approaches. Public water utilities held discussions among themselves and conducted a dialog with representatives from scientific institutions and government agencies on key issues of drinking water quality and protection. Apart from various presentations, the outcomes of DrinkAdria were reported, along with the results of the 1st national workshops (seven such workshops have been held in project partner countries, attracting about 300 participants).
This strategic project was launched in December 2013 and is funded by the European Union through the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013.
The focus of DrinkAdria is on shared water supply problems in the Adriatic Sea Basin: water losses, infrastructure ageing, low water tariffs, growing water demand, climate change impact and high seasonal fluctuations in water consumption. Seventeen project partners from Adriatic countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Serbia, are participating in the project. JCI is the only participating organization from Serbia and the lead partner for the 3rd Work Package – Sustainability and Capitalization. JCI is also engaged in other project activities, including: collection and analysis of data relevant to the project, assessment of regional characteristic of climate change, risk assessments relating to the availability and security of water resources for drinking water supply, development of methods for regional and transboundary water supply system planning, and boosting the efficiency of water loss control in pilot areas.