The Danube Water Program is a capacity building- and improvement programme for water- and wastewater services in the Danube region. Since 2013, the programme supports policy dialogue and capacity development to achieve “Smart Policies, Strong Utilities, Sustainable Services” in the water supply and wastewater sector in the region.
The Danube Water Program is jointly led by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, with funding from the Governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
The Danube Water Program is developed through five pillars, covering topics ranging from strategic policy options all the way to utility operational matters. Concrete actions carried out under the Program that are focused at utility operations are:
- Energy Efficiency
- Asset Management
- Utility Benchmarking
- Commercial Efficiency
For the utility benchmarking, national water utility associations in the region, EBC Foundation and IAWD collaborate in offering regional programmes to improve water services by benchmarking and learning from each other.