The challenge for the water sector for yet another year was the focus of the BULAQUA conference, which is organized within WATER TECH EXPO - the only exhibition in Bulgaria for the water sector.
The BULAQUA Water and Energy Conference was opened by Deputy Minister of Environment and Water Krasimir Zhivkov. The event is organized by the Bulgarian Water Association (BWA), partner of Inter Expo Center in the organization of the exhibition. The current state of water is a topical issue every year. The opening of the conference was attended by the chairman of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Ivan Ivanov.
The discussion was divided into several sessions that focused on energy efficiency, water energy saving, energy and efficient water supply management. Energy efficiency in the first place was a topic addressed by the Executive Director of the Agency for Sustainable and Energy Development Ivaylo Alexiev. Pipelife Bulgaria introduced the audience to Rainio - an atmospheric water management system. Water and energy savings are still a major challenge for water companies in Bulgaria.
Caroline Greene, communications manager of EurEau (European Federation of National Associations of Water Services), reviewed the legislative changes in Europe related to the sector. SGS-he leading company in the field of Certification and Conformity Assessment, presented its proposals for a successful business model and practical experience to improve water purification systems.
Operating sustainable systems were presented by leading companies in the industry such as Amiantit Pipe Systems, a selection of sludge dewatering machines, a model of sewer pipe with self-cleaning feature.
An innovative approach to integrated asset management based on a cloud service was presented through Greece's experience in using successful methodology and tools.
Bulgaria and Greece exchanged valuable experience at the WATenERgy CYCLE technical meeting
Moderator of the discussion was Anastasia Papadopoulou, Municipal Water and Sewerage Operator of Larissa, Greece. Greek Water Supply Operators have presented their experience in water services: key elements in regulation and management. Albania has also joined the discussion, sharing its experience of solving water-saving challenges. The partners discussed the water supply situation in Cyprus and the water supply problems and solutions in Prilep.
It was the 12th edition of the conference /and No.13 for the exhibition/, that brought together over 50 leading companies which presented nearly 150 new water purification products and technologies, primarily in the industrial sectors.