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The water conditioning plant Monaco of the VS Chrudim waterworks (© C.Hahn)

Austria Could Take a Leaf out of the Czech Book

The Czech water industry is fully tuned in to the EU course. Unlike in Austria, private contractors play a crucial role; Czech authorities have a more relaxed attitude towards privatisation

The Czech Republic is well on its way to adopt the European water directives, which have become mandatory since the country’s accession to the EU, into national legislation. Attunement is required in the fields of water resource protection, integrated surface water management at river basin level and water service enhancement.

aqua press was invited by Energie AG Wasser in early April to look at the background situation in our northern neighbour country and gain a first-hand insight into the Czech approach towards modern water management.

The journey took us to Moravia, a rural region where the Upper Austrian water supplier established a subsidiary in 2009. VHOS a.s. has since then been in charge of supplying water to 50,000 people and treating the sewage of 29,000 people in the area (also read the special section on page 30).

All Czech subsidiaries of Energie AG Wasser operate under the umbrella of Energie AG Bohemia. The venue of the conference of water suppliers and mayors we wanted to attend was Moravská Trebová, a town which to this day still bears the traces of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, also in water management.

In addition to its Austrian and Czech operations, Energie AG Wasser offers its water supply, wastewater treatment and other water-related services also in Germany (Bavaria), Hungary, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia, servicing in all 1,000 communities.

(Source: aqua press Int. 2/2010, Mag. Christof Hahn)

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