The European Water Association (EWA)
is an independent non-governmental and non-profit
making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of
the water environment. It was founded on 22 June 1981 as the
European Water Pollution Control Association. The scope of the
Association was enlarged in 1999 with the change of name to the
European Water Association.
It is one of the major professional associations in
Europe that covers the whole water sector, wastewater as well as
drinking water and water and wastewater treatment related wastes.
With member associations from nearly all European Countries, the
EWA includes most of the current European Union Member States as
well as Croatia, Norway and Switzerland.
The aim of EWA is to provide a forum for the discussion of key
technical (ETSC) and
policy (EPC) issues
affecting the growing European region. This is done through regular
publications (e.g. EWA Water Manifesto),
conferences, workshops, meetings and special working groups of experts, all
organised on an international basis. More about EWA ...
The 9th EWA Brussels Conference
The theme for this year is Water - Investing
Today for the Future will take place on 13th & 14th
Held in conjunction with DG Environment of the European
Commission, the main objective of the Annual Brussels Conference is
to establish a dialogue between the European Commission &
European Water Professionals and stakeholders.
Deteriorating infrastructure, particularly the mains water
supply and sewerage networks, leads to high levels of unaccounted
for water, pollution, poor levels of treatment and increased
engergy costs resolving the problems. At the same time invesment is
required in water resources, wastewater collection systems,
treatment & disposal' flood control and flood risk management,
all against the background of a changing climate.
Is the answer, proper governance, effective tariff structures
and enhanced programmes of maintenance and sharing of best
practice? Over two days the 9th EWA Brussels Conference will bring
together all the relavant stakeholders to discuss the topic 'Water
- Investing Today for the Future' - for more details visit the conference
The 8th Annual Brussels Conference of the
European Water Association was organised during the European
Year of Water 2012 in cooperation with the European Commission DG
Environment. The conference focus title
was 'European Year of Water - Upcoming Challenges' and
the preceedings can be found at conference
The medal is on the honour of Dunbar who in september 1892 went
to Hamburg to help deal with a disastrous cholera epidemic. He
improved the detection procedure for cholera and other
pathogens. Dunbar also developed a methodology for monitoring river
and tap water, especially significant as this was a primary means
for the spread of cholera. His pioneering research in city
sanitation led the European Water Association to award a "Dunbar
Medal" for outstanding contributions to the waste water treatment
and water protection. The "Dunbar Medal" was first awarded in 1973,
and is awarded at every IFAT show in Munich.
The 2012 winner of the medal was Philippe Duchène, recognised
for his contribution to water and wastewater technology research,
especially in the field of domestic and agricultural wastewater
treatment. A practical engineer he has produced a number of papers,
books and manuals; he has peer reviewed for various journals and is
active within a number of international scientific committees and
organisations. Mr Duchène has also been one of the few people to
receive acknowledgement of his work from the French National
Academy of Science.
Philippe Duchène, 2012 William Dunbar