Interactive WAter MAnagement
IWAMA
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.1 Clear waters

IWAMA

The Interreg project IWAMA equipped waste water managers with new audit tools and a durable platform for life-long learning and exchange so that they can better protect our environment, in particular by optimising the energy use and sludge management of waste water treatment plants.
The opportunity

Municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) play an important role in water protection. Efficient and environmentally smart WWTP operations can positively influence the state of the sea and the climate. While purifying domestic and industrial wastewaters, WWTPs remove nutrients (in particular phosphorous and nitrogen) from the water. When returning to the water bodies, nutrients cause eutrophication, which is one of the biggest problems of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission HELCOM monitors the state of the Baltic Sea and frequently issues high level political recommendations that are to ensure a good environmental status of the sea.

The HELCOM recommendations concerning waste water are stricter than the requirements of the EU Urban WWT Directive, demanding lower nutrient concentrations for water leaving waste water treatment plants. That is why WWTPs in different part of the Baltic Sea region are applying different requirements. To be able to reach the HELCOM recommendations, most of the WWTPs still need to improve their nutrient removal methods. Complying with the HELCOM recommendations means also additional operational costs for the WWTPs. However, it is possible, at the same time as applying the HELCOM recommendations, to save costs by smart process optimisation and investments. In order to be able to do so, the owners and operators of waste water treatment plants need tools that they can apply in everyday management and access to information about available technologies and experience with their application.

Budgets

IWAMA
in numbers
  • 4.62
    Million
    Total
  • 3.69
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Achievements

In the IWAMA project the Union of Baltic Cities teamed up with five research and training institutions, three national waterworks associations and eight operators of waste water treatment plants from five countries to provide tools and knowledge that operators need to improve the the efficiency of waste water management in the Baltic Sea region. They focused on three of the core areas of the municipal waste water treatment sector: energy management, sludge management and capacity development.

Modern technology for waste water treatment plants across the Baltic Sea region

The waste water treatment plants installed state of the art technologies to improve their waste water treatment. Several installations improve the nutrient removal, e.g. a nitrogen component control system in Daugavpils (Latvia), a combined anammox-constructed wetland pilot-plant in Gdańsk (Poland), as well as full-scale sludge humification beds in Türi and Oisu (Estonia) and a reject-water treatment system in Tartu (Estonia). Other installations improved the energy management, e.g. energy-efficient sludge drying in Jūrmala (Latvia), a control system for energy optimization in Kaunas (Lithuania) and a a full-scale advanced control system in Grevesmühlen (Germany). All of these pilot installations were documented and evaluated for other operators to learn from.

New tools for better self-monitoring of energy and sludge management

Universities developed two tools which operators of waste water treatment plants can use to audit and optimise their own energy and/or sludge management practices. Operators of twenty wastewater treatment plants tested the auditing tools, among them the plants in Kaunas (Lithuania), Daugavpils (Latvia), Gdansk (Poland), and Grevesmühlen (Germany). The energy audit tool was translated into eight languages and is included in a package of training materials for lifelong learning of professionals in waste water treatment.

Training and lifelong learning for waste water experts – in the Baltic Sea region and beyond

The project partners developed a package of training materials and organised workshops and webinars which attracted some 140 organisations. Furthermore, the Union of Baltic Cities set up an online portal that facilitates the international exchange of knowledge and expertise in water management: the Baltic Smart Water Hub. More than 60 professionals from academia, municipal administrations and private companies have contributed to developing the Hub. At the end of the project, the Smart Water Hub provided already more than 50 descriptions of good practices, technical solutions and tools on waste water management including experience gained in the IWAMA project, and more than 100 users from 10 countries were registered. Experts from outside Europe have already expressed interest in the common, transnational approach towards water management in the Baltic Sea Region, namely from Vietnam, from Georgia and from the United States. With the support of the BSR Water platform the Smart Water Hub is developed further.

Outputs

Baltic Smart Water Hub

The Baltic Smart Water Hub is a multifunctional international platform for sharing water expertise in the Baltic Sea Region which is meant to connect all those interested in water management, including waste water treatment. The Hub was designed to serve water companies and associations, local authorities, academia, clean-tech companies, and NGOs to improve their knowledge on water treatment and strengthen cooperation to optimise water treatment processes. The Hub covers good practices, technical solutions and tools to optimize waste water treatment and other water related issues. It is open for users to submit their ideas and solutions and to promote their organisation´s expertise in water management in the region. The Hub was created by university and research institutions in cooperation with waste water treatment plants in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland under the lead of the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC).

Audit tool for smart energy management

The smart energy management audit tool is Excel-based and can be used for the (self-)assessment of waste water treatment plants’ energy management. The tool can be used to monitor the energy performance and to identify needs for improvements of the waste treatment process by waste water treatment plants, municipalities and regional authorities owning water companies, associations and environmental centers. The smart energy audit was developed by the universities and wastewater treatment plants from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. A guideline document is available.

Audit tool for smart sludge management

The smart sludge management audit tool is Excel-based and can be used for the (self-)assessment of waste water treatment plants’ sludge handling. The tool can be used for monitoring of the sludge management and improvement of efficiency of waste water treatment processes by WWTPs, municipalities and regional authorities owning water companies , associations and environmental centers. Universities and wastewater treatment plants in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Sweden developed this audit concept for smart sludge management. The tool was tested in waste water treatment plants in Gdansk (Poland), Daugavpils (Latvia), Kaunas (Lithuania), Tartu (Estonia), Türi (Estonia ) and Grevesmüheln (Germany). It is available in eight languages. A guideline document is available.

Project Stories

Partners

Union of the Baltic Cities, Sustainable Cities Commission c/o City of Turku

  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
746,236.00
60.451753122.2670522

Technical University of Berlin

  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
    Berlin
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
514,195.99
52.517036513.3888599

University of Tartu

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
428,270.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Lahti University of Applied Sciences

  • Town
    Lahti
  • Region
    Päijät-Häme
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
451,940.00
60.982601425.6613764

DWA German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste DWA Regional group North-East

  • Town
    Magdeburg
  • Region
    Magdeburg, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
92,466.66
52.131588911.6399609

Estonian Waterworks Association

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
90,000.00
59.437215524.7453688

Environmental Center for Administration and Technology

  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
110,322.00
54.898213923.9044817

Linnaeus University

  • Town
    Kalmar
  • Region
    Kalmar län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
201,370.00
56.662882616.3662382

Kaunas Water Ltd

  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
151,700.00
54.898213923.9044817

Water And Sewage Company Ltd of Szczecin

  • Town
    Szczecin
  • Region
    Miasto Szczecin
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
149,280.00
53.430181814.5509623

Gdansk Water Utilities Ltd.

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Gdański
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
403,460.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

Joint body Grevesmühlen, Water supply and Wastewater disposal, corporation under public law

  • Town
    Grevesmühlen
  • Region
    Nordwestmecklenburg
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
218,326.05
53.8614109511.19141425974006

Tartu Waterworks Ltd

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
358,000.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Türi Water

  • Town
    Türi
  • Region
    Kesk-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
147,250.00
58.810166225.4252349

Daugavpils Water Ltd

  • Town
    Daugavpils
  • Region
    Latgale
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
119,349.00
55.871226726.5159337

Jurmala Water Ltd

  • Town
    Jurmala
  • Region
    Pierīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
247,650.00
56.973415423.79903173666365

Aqua & Waste International GmbH

  • Town
    Hannover
  • Region
    Region Hannover
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
192,219.00
52.37447799.7385532