Last month representatives of the Aquasan network in BiH participated in the initial event of the new Wastewater CD Program, which is exclusively intended for representatives of water companies that operate wastewater treatment plants. This programm focuses on the challenges in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants so event was hosted by a wastewater treatment plant in Kocani and organized by the Association of public utility services providers of Republic of North Macedonia, ADKOM. The event was attended by representatives of three other water companies from Strumica, Kumanovo and Radovis.
Topic was energy efficiency in the operation of the treatment plant. When optimizing the operation of the plant, cost reduction is one of the basic goals, while achieving the legally required treatment conditions. The cost of electricity is one of the largest costs in the operation of treatment plants, so this topic is crucial for operators, PUCs, as well as for LGUs that have entrusted them with this utility service. The methodology of the program was based on combinations of different formats of adult training, expert lectures, practical exercises, field visit of the plant in Kocani, presentation and work on case studies and good practices from Northern Macedonia on the example of Kocani, and on the example from Switzerland. The event was jointly moderated by representatives of ADKOM and the Aquasan network in BiH, and the expert part was prepared and conducted by experts from Switzerland. This type of training does not end at one event, but participants will apply what they have learned in their workplaces, and the next event will be organized where action plans will be analyzed with the support of Swiss experts.
In addition to moderation, role of Aquasan network representatives at this event was important during the preparation, ie development of the curriculum for the capacity development program, revision of materials, ensuring the application of adopted quality standards and coordination with other programs from the new RCDN CD Program portfolio on wastewater collection and treatment. Aquasan plans to apply this significant experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the end of the year with Swiss experts, through the implementation of two peer exchange events at wastewater treatment plants.
The development of the RCDN program was supported by the RCDN project, co-financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through cooperation with the project partner German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).