The joint application of the National Disaster Protection Directorate Hungary, Budapest Waterworks, Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage, Republic of Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate and the Fire and Rescue Corps of the Slovakian Republic successfully applied and gained direct European Union support.
Within the framework of the eighteen-month tender called EUrban Water Aid (EUWA) financed by the European Union participants will execute a complex urban water treatment and flood rescue field practice on the Tisza river. Beside Budapest Waterworks and disaster management organizations of four countries the Hungarian Red Cross also participates in the realization of the program, with a total budget of 644 thousand euro.
During the project – launched on the 1st of January – two workshops will be held in Hungary and one each in Serbia and Croatia. The workshops task is to develop a best practice manual in case of floods and to further develop the previously created operation management and GIS application based on risk maps.
One of the two practices coming up in the next one and a half year will be the large-scale field practice to be held in April 2017 in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county on which participants will have to solve real problems. This will also provide an opportunity of testing the recommendations of the flood manual.
During the large international practice, beside the HUNOR rescue organization representing Hungary, Budapest Waterworks will participate with mobile water treatment equipment and expert team. Slovakia with large capacity water pump equipment, Croatia water rescue and Serbia with water supply-water treatment team of experts will contribute to the civil defense practice.
Successful execution of the project, preparedness and performance of the participants will be monitored by a control-assessment team of experts from the cooperating organizations.
As the continuation of the opening meeting held in Brussels on 27-28 January the participants will meet at the headquarters of Budapest Waterworks between 7-8 March on a project starter meeting and the first project workshop.