This was not the case back in 1993, when Vienna’s former Enviroment City Councillor and today’s Mayor Michael Häupl lent his support to the foundation of the Association of Waterworks in the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) in Central and Eastern Europe.
The only European role model at the time was the IAWR for the Rhine River. As its name already says, the early years of IAWD were mainly dedicated to the collaboration of waterworks. Soon, however, work began to spread and the association became a pool of know-how to many other sectors of urban water management.
The implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU enlargement towards the Black Sea increased the need for a closer collaboration and gave rise to the foundation of two IAWD advisory boards, one for technical/scientific and one for operational/economic aspects.
The work accomplished on these two boards is documented in a comprehensive biannual report. Other technical tasks of IAWD include hosting specialised events and supporting national initiatives. Like in the past, IAWD will continue to function as a body representing water-related aspects at EU level and work closely together with other river basin associations in Europe.
The nicest gift to commemorate IAWD’s 15th anniversary last autumn came from within the association. Acting as Regional Partner to the IWA World Water Congress in Vienna, IAWD had a substantial share in the huge success of the event and thereby strengthened its position as a water management leader in the Danube Region. The international trend towards an integrated urban water management also involving the wastewater sector assures that IAWD’s work will remain as exciting and challenging in the next 15 years to come.
(Source: aqua press Int. 1/2009, DI Walter Kling)