March 30, 2016

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The 1st WaterLeap Webinar

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March 30th, 2016

Title: Why a modular approach in waste water treatment

-Present approach planning and construction wwtp’s
-Developments in input: climate change; de/in-crease population; role of industry
-Developments in the processes: process innovation; wastewater as a source (also special webinar on wastewater as a source)
-Developments in the output: new standards, reuse, agro
-Examples of modular approach


WaterLeap_WEBINAR1_Strategy design waste water treatment

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WaterLeap Project Description

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The WaterLeap project in Moldova aims to transfer best-practice based experience and innovation in asset management together with flexible and modular (waste) water treatment solutions. These solutions will meet the demand, customised to the local circumstances and available resources. Best practice experience in integrated water supply and wastewater service will be made available to optimise the various trade-offs between for instance the short- and long-term goals.

The WaterLeap project is co-funded with a KEP (Knowhow Exchange Programme) grant provided by the ADC (Austrian Development Cooperation) as part of the CEI (Central European Initiative) Knowhow Exchange Programme.

The WaterLeap project consists of five work packages:
1. Project management
2. Knowledge transfer phase A – key concepts
3. Knowledge transfer phase B – initial implementation
4. Knowledge transfer phase C – feedback, deepening and on-demand topics
5. Communication, dissemination and promotion

WP1 – Project management
This work package is led by BDG, who has a longstanding, hands-on expertise in project management. The aim is to achieve the project objectives in close cooperation with the Main Partner, the Key Partners, and the Key Funders.

WP2 – Knowledge transfer phase A – key concepts
In this work package all materials, logistics and knowledge exchange activities are prepared. Central is the identification of key concepts and how to implement those in in each of the involved organisations.

WP3 – Knowledge transfer phase B – initial implementation
In this work package all participants in the best-practice and knowledge exchange focus on the actual first implementation steps.

WP4 – Knowledge transfer phase C – feedback, deepening and on-demand topics
In this work package lessons-learned from the previous phase, will be shared and deepened on needs basis.

WP5 – Communication, dissemination and promotion
This work package focuses on the development and production of a range of publicity materials and communication strategies to maximise the exposure of the WaterLeap project.


The result will be a knowledge transfer of best-practice experience and innovation in Asset
Management to water authorities in how to optimize decision-making in all lifecycle phases of wastewater treatment. Delivered will be: 2 central and 2 regional workshops; monthly interactive webinars; 4 focused finalizing workshops; range of publicity material, publications and manuals in Romanian and Russian language. Impact of the project will be realised with an increased awareness and understanding of implementing state-of-the-art Asset Management practices, with improved effectiveness and efficiency in operations, management and innovation transfer. Awareness will be raised of flexible (modular) wastewater treatment solutions that can be adapted to local circumstances, and how a change in perspective from wastewater as residual to a source can have major benefits to local (rural) communities.

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WaterLeap Project Partners

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Co-funding partners

The WaterLeap project is co-funded with a KEP (Knowhow Exchange Programme) grant provided by the ADC (Austrian Development Cooperation) as part of the CEI (Central European Initiative) Knowhow Exchange Programme.

Key partners

Ministry of Environment Moldova (
Apele Moldova Agency (

Implementing partner

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GROUP (BDG) is a management consultancy company with 20 years’ experience in promoting and supporting local development projects in Central & Eastern European countries, in selected sectors, by contributing to a coherent policy making and functional institutional and legislative framework. BDG has initiated and participated in multiple projects in the field of integrated water management.

A list of BDG’s involvement in water projects in Romania is presented in the “Water Projects 1993-2014 brochure” (see: BDG is the national coordinator of the Romanian-Netherlands Water Platform (RNWP), where BDG invites organizations and institutions from Moldova to participate in work sessions and workshops in Romania, with the aim to create premises for future collaborations between Romanian and Moldovan water institutions. BDG organized the first private trade mission with Dutch water companies in Moldova (May 2014) and is preparing the ground for initiating several future project proposals, such as Horizon 2020 and Regional project proposals.

Main partner

BASIN WATER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OF MOLDOVA (BWMAM) is a state enterprise under the Agency “Waters of Moldova” with the main objective of managing and monitoring water resources and water use, and administrating water basins. BWMAM is active in two major river basins of Moldova: Danube-Prut (at the border with Romania and the Black Sea) and Nistru. BWMAM, as part of “Water Moldova”, with the ownership of the Ministry of Environment, is involved in a series of large international water projects, such as: “Prut River Basin Management Plan”, “Geographic Information Systems for Water Resources of Moldova” and “Support for technical and management assistance in flood protection within Republic of Moldova’s territory”.