The International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, IAWD in short, EBC Foundation and the Danube Water Program have joined forces to facilitate a benchmarking programme on a Danube catchment area level, for water- & wastewater utilities. Based on the benchmark experiences of the recent years, it was noticed that there was a demand to introduce this new ‘level’.
Therefore the Danube Region Hub was initiated in 2017, in order to support capacity building, sharing good practices and experiences among participants similar in size and conditions and with the same level of performance. It provides an upgrade to the national and sub-regional HUBs that were developed in the past few years under the Danube Water Program.
The methodology and the IT platform used for the benchmarking exercise are provided by the EBC Foundation, technical partner of the IAWD.
The project team consist of the Hub Coordinator who can be contacted for practical and methodological question and IAWD Head of Technical Secretariat, who can be contacted for managerial issues.
Coordinators of national and sub-regional utility benchmarking HUBs may also be contacted for additional information.
Utilities that participate get their own, individual company report in which their performance in several areas is compared with other utilities in the group and with the average performance of utilities abroad as a reference. Next to this, meetings and workshops are organised to exchange knowledge and good practices.
The exercise is conducted in English. Though the data entry is (partly) available in Albanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Ukrainian.
Utilities located in one of the in eleven target countries of the Danube Water Program (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine) and other utilities which are located in the Danube catchment area and are (prospect) IAWD members are invited to join.
Water and wastewater utilities who are interested in further improving their performance in a group of frontrunners from the region are encoureged, to join this leading-edge project.
If you would like more information about the benchmarking programme, please contact the Danube Region Hub or have a look at http://www.d-leap.org/d-leap/the-danube-hub/ or the Call to register.