Core activities of the PUC Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage are treatment and distribution of drinking water and removal of rain and waste water.
Belgrade is supplied with water from sources in the riparian belt of the Sava and the Danube Rivers both with ground and surface.
Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage annually produces over 200 million cubic meters of water. Water is being treated in six treatment plants: Bele vode, Banovo brdo, Bežanija, Makiš, Jezero and Vinča, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with total capacity of 8,000 liters of water per second, through complex technical and technological system and 3,494 km of distribution network. BWS supplies more than 1.5 million citizens of Belgrade with quality and healthy drinking water.
Belgrade sewerage is a complex technical and technological system consisted of collectors, pipeline canals, pump stations and other facilities (intake and outlet facilities, retentions, overflows etc.). It spreads on the area of approximately 180 km2. Core activity of Belgrade sewer system is collection, pumping and removal of waste and storm waters, maintenance of sewer network, monitoring, management and maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment and ecological surveillance of sewer system and recipients protection. Nowadays sewer network is consisted of 212.48 km of collectors, 1,464.75 km of pipe network, 32,892 gullies and 54,027 sewerage connections.
After floods that are afflicted Serbia in May 2014, it is necessary to get on the high level system for the defense from floods, flood alert and mechanisms after the occurrence of floods (disposal of manpower and assets). This project would achieve a higher level of preparedness and organization of project participants in such hazardous situations, and after that their role was implementations acquired experiences within the local and state level.
The EUrban Water Aid Project is financed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department.
The European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. EU assistance, amounting to one of the world's largest, is enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon and supported by EU citizens an as expression of European solidarity with any person or people in need.
Headquartered in Brussels with a global network of field offices, ECHO ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection. By bringing together the two under one roof in 2010, the Commission has built up a more robust and effective European mechanism for disaster response both inside and outside the EU. Since November 2014, ECHO operates under the mandate of Mr Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.
This document covers humanitarian aid activities implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
The 148 years old Budapest Waterworks, considering its size of service and outstanding technology level is one of the significant water utility suppliers of the Central-European region. Witnessing the change of several regimes and economic environments, the shares of Budapest Waterworks today are owned by Municipality of Budapest and several other minor municipalities around the capital.
Considering its core activity, the company deals with drinking water production, treatment, network operation and supply – today it supplies more than 2 million people with healthy drinking water daily – as well as with waste water treatment and the relating services. Budapest Waterworks operates more than 5,200 km of network in its area of supply as well as more than 750 wells, 183 km of collection pipes and 3 water treatment plants.
In the 21st century Budapest Waterworks realised that the experience and knowledge it amassed could be efficiently used all around the world and the company decided to get engaged in international business development. Today the company has numerous references and bilateral cooperation with running projects in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with roughly 20% of the revenues coming from export activities.
The designer’s and constructor’s knowledge base built on the operator’s experience as well as the practice gained in this field and the outstanding engineering training have ensured an excellent background for technical development projects, among them our mobile water purification systems.
The Hungarian Water Aid Unit – HWAU, the emergency water purification unit, composed of voluntary employees of Budapest Waterworks –, equipped with the water purification systems developed by the company has proven its efficiency and aptitude several times in the past three decades in domestic and foreign missions alike. As Hungary’s major water utility provider, our responsibility is to temporarily provide drinking water for communities where drinking water is unavailable due to a natural and manmade disasters or system failures.
Driven by global humanitarian commitment, Budapest Waterworks HWAU also led emergency water purification missions to disaster struck areas abroad. Examples are the 2005 mission in Sri Lanka, the 2013-14 mission in the Philippines, the 2014 missions in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the 2015 mission in Albania.
As a veteran in emergency drinking water purification in flood struck areas, Budapest Waterworks is an unavoidable actor in the region for any attempt to find best practices for field cooperation between professional search and rescue and water purification teams. The EURBAN Water Aid project is one such project and our company is honoured to take part in it, contributing to the effectiveness of the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage
The basic function of the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior (NDGDM), is protecting the lives and the property of the population living in Hungary and insuring the safe operation of the national economy and protecting the elements of the critical infrastructure. It is a highly important public safety task; therefore NDGDM is a law enforcement body with a national competence.
Its main mission is preventing disasters as an authority; carrying out rescue operations in civil emergencies; organizing and controlling protection activities; eliminating the negative consequences of emergencies and performing reconstruction and rehabilitation.
In order to fulfill its function NGDGM
• possesses a wide range of industrial safety, fire safety and civil protection authoritative competences: regulates, permits, prohibits, restricts, controls and sanctions. In order to prevent emergencies it coordinates the activities of other authorities.
• has national, county, district and local professional organizations, voluntary and obligated civil protection bodies, a large pool of equipment, a well-established logistics background. It operates a business entity manufacturing and repairing special equipment, covering entire Hungary. It effectuates investment and property management.
• possesses important competences in identifying and monitoring the critical infrastructure in Hungary, and in civil emergency planning, in defense/protection administration, in the mobilization of the national economy, and in the State reserves management.
• regulates and directly commands and controls the national fire protection system. Its local on-call professional bodies perform firefighting and conduct technical rescue operations, protect, inform and alert the population. It controls the participation of municipal and industrial fire brigades, and voluntary fire associations in firefighting and technical rescue operations. It effectuates the county level deployment control.
• maintains broad international relations, based on bi- and multilateral agreements; it represents Hungary in the professional organizations of UN OCHA, EU and NATO; in the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF) and the international organization of fire officers.
• maintains regional training bases, runs the Disaster Management Training Center, administers the Disaster Management Institute of the National University of Civil Service, operates the Central Orchestra, the Museum and the Research Institute. It publishes a monthly periodical, a professional magazine, other publications and educational materials;
• manages the scientific activities of the disaster management system and maintains a sports club.
• maintains an up-to-date telecommunications network, a deployment control and IT system, furthermore, measuring, detecting and public alert systems, covering the entire area of the country.
• cooperates with other law enforcement bodies, the Hungarian Defense Forces, municipalities and other authorities ensuring public safety.
• maintains relations with non-governmental and charitable organizations, with their federations, educational and scientific institutions and the media.
National Directorate General for Disaster Management Hungary
Republic of Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate
The Croatian National Protection and Rescue Directorate is an independent, professional and administrative organisation, tasked with preparing plans and managing operational forces as well as co-ordinating the activities of all participants in the protection and rescue system. The most important tasks are risk and vulnerability assessment, drafting measures aimed at preventing crises and accidents, ensuring that these measures are implemented and effective emergency management in case of major disaster.
The National Protection and Rescue Directorate consists of five services, three of which are operational (Civil Protection Sector, Fire-fighting Sector, National Information and Communication Sector).
The NPRD has international cooperation on a bilateral, regional and wider international level. Bilateral agreements on cooperation in the field of protection from disasters are signed with a total of 11 countries. Special attention is paid to regional cooperation, and the Republic of Croatia is active is several regional institutions. Special attention is also given to activities within the framework of larger international associations, especially EU and NATO.
The Republic of Croatia renders assistance to stricken nations upon request, like for example in the case of forest fires in Montenegro in 2002, fires in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Greece in 2007, forest fires in Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010, floods in Slovakia in 2006, floods in Hungary in 2010, Montenegro severe weather conditions in 2011 and Albania in 2015, forest fires in Greece and Montenegro in 2012, during Ukrainian conflict 2015. NPRD also provides Host Nation Support to civil protection teams transiting to other countries or during emergencies or exercises in Croatia.
In May 2014 Croatia, especially the area of southern Slavonija, was affected by one of the worst floods on record. At least 15 000 people had to be evacuated from their homes and 2 persons lost their lives. A lot of local infrastructure, public buildings, private housing, livestock and agrarian land suffered significant damage. Therefore, one of the main goals of the NPRD is to enhance the preparedness and response in case of complex flooding situations. We expect from EUrban Water Aid project to be a step in reaching that goal, especially through practising the cooperation of rescuers and the water purification/water supply in flood emergencies.
For this reason participation in the Eurban Water Aid 2016 project is especially important since it will give us the opportunity to prepare internationally for the possibility of floods and enable in the field preparations for a flood rescue module with boats in unison with water purification and high capacity pumping modules. It will also enable us to exercise self-sufficiency and host nation support capacities. The final results of the Workshops will enable better planning and interoperability.
Aid and Civil Protection
Fire and Rescue Service (Slovak Republic)
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)
Management and organization of the fire units in terms of the Slovak Republic is based on the fundamental legislative standards. Respond to fires, rescue work in natural disasters, and other incidents is carried out by Fire and Rescue Service, which is composed of members and is established by special norm – Act of the National Council of the Slovak Republic No. 315/2001 Coll. on Fire and Rescue Service (Act, 2001).
The Fire units of the Fire and Rescue Service especially (Act, 2001, § 3):
performs rescue of persons endangered by a fire and fights a fire,
performs rescue of animals and property endangered by a fire,
performs rescue operations during natural disasters,
performs assistance under its technical capabilities and expertise in imminent danger of life of people in accidents and other extraordinary events,
performs operational capability of fire appliances and its equipment; establishes professional services -mechanical, chemical and telecommunication service,
carries out in the specified scope professional training of its employees and members
announces, without delay, to the district headquarters interventions in response to the fires, and in carrying out the relief work during natural disasters and other emergencies,
works out and maintains documentation of a fire unit.
The Fire and Rescue Service disposes with specialized modules and services:
High-capacity Pumping Module (Pumping Module)
Medium Urban Search and Rescue Module (MUSAR)
Flood Rescue Service
Flood Rescue Service is a professional service of fire brigade that performs rescue works during the floods, accidents and other incidents on the water surface, especially:
evacuation of persons, animals and property in areas at risk of flooding,
rescue of people, animals and property in the flooded area,
rescue of persons, animals and property in incidents and accidents on water surface.
removal of obstacles and barriers in watercourses, causing flooding,
pumping water from flooded homes, buildings and wells
assisting the administrators of water courses at bolstering the dykes, if their stability is endangered,
carrying out diving work to rescue people, animals or property, as well as searching for missing persons,
providing assistance in capturing and removing oil pollution on watercourses and on water basins,
performing the fire-fighting and rescue works on vessels and floating facilities.
In view of the extreme weather events that occur in last years, mainly due to climate change impacts, is increased the number of floods, which annually affect the territory of Slovakia, while endangering the lives and health of people, their property, and damaging the environment itself. The impacts of these floods are often disastrous.
For the Slovak Republic and the Fire and Rescue Service is an important contribution of this project especially the searching for common, efficient, practice to cope with the emergency of this kind, but also the perspective for active involvement in the preparation and implementation of joint international tactical exercise to carry out rescue work during the flood, search and rescue of people from the water surface and drinking water supply at the time of flooding. Another benefit of the tactical exercise is especially for members assigned to the water rescue service and high capacity pumping module, who will actively participate in the exercise as a part of the international rescue team.