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POWER at a glance

The Project "Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges" (POWER) is funded by the EU under the H2020-ICT10c-2015 Call. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 Partners, including four research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, two innovation SMEs, two European organisations and four key demonstration cities. For 48 months of activities, from December 2015 to November 2019, the Project aims to set up a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) for the expansion and governance of POWER existing water networks by engaging on a large scale with stakeholders in the co-creation and delivery of digital products and services to citizens involving awareness-raising, new policy initiatives and deployment.

Further information on http://www.power-h2020.eu

Water in two qualities in Sabadell

The Catalan city of Sabadell (Spain, 207.440 inhabitants) is located 30 km from Barcelona and provides water in two qualities - drinking water and industrial water. The POWER Initiative aims to increase the use of reprocessed, non-potable water and to save drinking water with it.

The company CASSA (Companyia d'Aigües de Sabadell SA) and the CASSA Group supply Sabadell and further 40 municipalities since more than 50 years in Catalonia, Aragon, the Canary Islands and the Cape Verde with water, energy and environmental services. They also operate several wastewater treatment and seawater desalination plants.

The industrial water comes from different sources including mines, wells and purified water from several wastewater treatment plants. The treatment site close to the Riu Sec river receives wastewater mainly from the city area in the Riu Sec basin and close to it a dual water supply network is installed. The reprocessed water has a high quality and is mainly used for irrigation of parks and green spaces as well as for street cleaning and toilet flushes. The second wastewater treatment plant in Sabadell near the Ripoll river basin is far away from the process water pipeline. So, the reprocessed water pours in the Ripoll river and can go to aquifers. The drinking water in Sabadell is delivered by an external company and distributed by CASSA to the consumers.

The main goal in Sabadell is an enhanced availability of water quality data which will allow users to take appropriate decisions, such as going to alternative points of supply in the case of restocking tank trucks and for street cleaning. Information sharing, education activities and opportunities to reflect upon water reuse can be used to promote learning, communication and mutual understanding among all stakeholders (government representatives, politicians, water industry professionals, media, business and environmental groups, and general public). The POWER Initiative will provide a specific dashboard for the water utility management offering insights into the processes of collective awareness-raising within the city whilst aiming to identify specific segments to provide more appropriate and targeted incentives.

A compendium for sustainable urban water cycles

Half of the earths’ inhabitants live in cities, and urbanization is still increasing. The quality of our future thus depends on the quality of our cities. In order to recognize a sustainable water cycle as a key factor for healthy living and resilient climate change adaption in urban areas there is a must of collecting best practices to share them in an applicable manner.
A recent compendium includes a variety of best practices in cities that enable them to improve their Urban Water Cycle Services. These practices deal with a variety of aspects lead to a sustainable water management such as water reuse and recycling, loss reduction and water sensitive urban design to name but a few. While the chapters 2 to 7 contain a description and as far as possible – factors, that make feasible a transition to sustainable urban water cycles. The last chapter gives a closer look into practical implementation by means of tool and model sharing.
To read the Compendium of best practices for water, waste water, solid Waste and climate adaptation go here.

Richard Elelman about water and cities

Water is one of the most vital environmental socio-political issue of the 21st century. Until now this topic has not reacheaed the street but water is a subject which can build bridges and has already brought cities together to work on this issue. So how is water innovation succeeding in Europe and what is the role of cities in water management? To listen to Richard Elelman, Head of Public Administration Projects, Fundació CTM Centre Tecnòlogic, Spain, about water and cities on the EIP Water Conference 2016 just click on the picture below.  

Sustainable Water Management - Council conclusions, Brussels, 17 October 2016

Please find here the Council of the European Union conclusions on Sustainable Water Management, adopted by the Council at its 3491st meeting held on 17 October 2016.

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ACKNOWLEDGES that European Union waters are under pressure, caused inter alia by water pollution, the increasing demand for water and the speed and intensity of land use and climate change impacts, which compromises water security and exacerbates the negative effects of drought and water scarcity, notably in the Mediterranean area but increasingly also in other EU areas....

More information: The Annex for Download

International Events

Smart City Expo World / Congress 2016 @ Fira de Barcelona (Recinto Ferial Gran Via)

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities. This professional, institutional and social meeting point is a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals that gathers together the highest level of stakeholders, in the context of urban development.

15th - 17th November 2016, Barcelona, Spain

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European hydropower trade fair and conference

The RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO will take place on November 24 - 25, 2016 for the eighth time in the Messezentrum Salzburg. Within a few years, the event has established itself as the largest hydropower trade fair and conference in Europe. The interest in the expansion of hydropower grows steadily and offers the entire hydropower industry a unique platform for presentation, knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences and for establishing new contacts.

24th - 25th November 2016, Salzburg, Austria

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POWER - A social response to global water issues


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687809.

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