EWA/VLARIO Spring Conference

Urban Water Management – Challenges, Innovation and EU  Requirement versus local needs and possibilities
Thursday 11.05.2023 – Antwerp, Havenhuis (from 10AM – 5PM) – Language: English

Urban wastewater is one of the main sources of water pollution if it is not collected and treated properly. More info

The European Commission published on 25.10.2022 the Proposal for a revised Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. This proposal is setting up new objectives in term of energy efficiency, water quality and monitoring.

The EWA/VLARIO Spring conference 2023 will focus on Urban Water Management. What are the challenges, innovation and EU requirement versus the local needs and possibilities. The first session of the conference will focus on the potential implementation of the UWWTD proposal: what are the challenges and instruments? We will hear the point of view of different European Institutions, among others, about what does this mean for the European Water Management authorities, the regional and sub-regional territorial authorities but also for the water utilities and other water users. During the second session we will focus on how innovation can be stimulated by this proposal with comments and reactions from professionals and researchers. You can register below.



Welcome from 9h.30.

10:00 – 10:10WelcomeWendy Francken, EWA President
10:10– 10:30Ongoing and new EU water initiativesRejane Beurrier, European Commission
Session 1:  Implementation UWWTD: challenges and instruments
10:30 – 10:45Introduction: the revision of the urban waste water treatment directive: towards a system approach ?Jan Verheeke, vice-chair EEAC
10:45 – 11:05What does this means for the European Water Management authoritiesStéphane Isoard, European Environmental Agency
11:05 – 11.25For the European Regional and subregional territorial authoritiesChristian Minelli, WAREG
11.25 – 11.55Coffee break
11:55 – 12.15For the Water utilities and other water usersJean-Yves Stenuick,  Aquapublica
12.15 – 12.30Q&A
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
 Session 2:  How innovation can be stimulated by this directive
13:30 – 13:45Introduction: What will be the improvement/benefit for the water bodiesDurk Krol, Water-Europe
13:45 – 14:05How can energy-neutrality of WWTP be achieved?Cora Uijterlinde, Stowa (NL)
14.05 – 14:25Digitalization in the water sectorTania Pentcheva, Xylem
14:25 – 14:45Quality of stormwaterMaria Viklander – Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
14:45 – 15:15Coffee break
15:15 – 15:35EU Funding and finance for European water innovationBertrand Vallet, Policy Officer, European Commission – DG RTD
15:35 – 16:00Alternative waterresources and water reuseProf. Patrick Willems – KU Leuven
16:00 – 16.30Debate with speakers of session 2 and Q&A
16:30 – 16:45As a member state, how do I address these challenges?Bernard De Potter, Water Director Belgium
16:45Conclusions and invitation to network eventWendy Francken, EWA President
18:00End of the conference

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