Interactive WAter MAnagement (BSR IWAMA)
Knowledge and education are key points to successful operation of wastewater treatment. Modern processes are based on sufficient technology investments and skilful operation. According to the SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg: "Modernization of production, absorption of the new technologies and technological processes requires high level of correct and up-to date qualification of the personnel".
IWAMA SEED project delt with developing a main project concept that would address three main means of supporting municipal wastewater treatment plants in reaching lower nutrient loading in discharges:
- the need for structured lifelong learning among wastewater treatment plant operators and experts
- the need to operate the wastewater treatment plants more resource-efficiently
- the need to improve and develop municipal sludge management.
One of the concrete objectives of the main project is to reduce nutrient loads from municipal wastewater treatment plants. This is to be achieved through combining high quality lifelong learning and knowledge transfer with investments in energy efficiency and sludge management. In addition it is expected that investments will reduce the carbon footprint of treatment.
First of the planned IWAMA SEED Money Project's workshops took place on 28 May 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia. You can read more about it in Activities section. The second workshop was held on 1 October 2014 in Riga, Latvia, where prospective partners have presented and discussed their suggested activities for the main stage project.
On 30 January 2015 IWAMA main project idea entered the competition within the first call of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, its concept note being submitted under the Priority 2 “Management of natural resources”, Specific objective 2.1 "Clear waters". In April 2015 IWAMA main project concept was selected to be further developed into a complete application, which was subsequently submitted in the framework of step 2 of the application process on 8 July 2015.
In September 2015 IWAMA project was approved as a Flagship to the PA Nutri of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
IWAMA SEED project was implemented in 2014, co-funded by the Seed Money Facility of the European Union. Consortium of the project included Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) Sustainable Cities Commission (Lead Partner), Lahden Seudun Kehitys LADEC Oy, Technical University of Berlin and University of Tartu. For the main project application consortium expanded to 17 partners including several universities, environmental centers and associations of water utilities, and SME, as well as wastewater treatment plants from Tartu, Türi (both EE), Jurmala, Daugavpils (both LV), Kaunas (LT), Gdansk, Szczecin (both PL), and Grevesmühlen (DE).