Conservation and quality assurance of municipal water in the crossborder area

The project aims at the development of application standards, in agreement with the Water Framework Directive’s requirements, for the integrated management of municipal water resources. Main activities include:

• The development, and subsequent assessment, of common application standards and operational methodologies for the quality control and conservation of drinking water and the pilot use of relevant applications (real-time monitoring of water quality, early warning pollution incident system, digitally controlled irrigation application system)

• The education and training of various target groups on municipal water resources management (guide for wise public use of municipal water, training seminars for competent authorities)

• The conduction of integrated application studies of similar projects, for cooperating Municipalities, for future allocation of similar projects to the corresponding measures of the Regional Operational Programs


The Project’s expected benefits include:

• The conservation and sustainable use of urban water resources through the use of new technology

• The reduction of operational and managerial costs of the drinking water and irrigation networks

• The prevention of potential accidents (leakage, pollution etc) and the increased citizens’ sense of security and safety

• The development of required maturity for the future financing of infrastructure projects


The partnership of the project consists of:

  • Decentralized Administration of Macedonia Thrace (Water Directorates) as the lead partner
  • Club Economika 2000, Bulgaria
  • Interbalkan Environment Center, Greece
  • Municipality of Oraiokastro, Greece
  • Municipality of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

The duration of the Project is 24 months (01/6/2013 – 31/05/2015) and its total budget is 1.219.000, 00€. The project is co-financed by 85% by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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