The CIVILWATER Project is part of the cross-border European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013”, and is co-funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund - ERDF) and National Funds of Greece and Bulgaria.
The project idea of Municipal Water derived from the idea that water knows no administrative boundaries nor national boundaries. The importance of sustainable management of water resources in urban areas has been overlooked. This raises the necessity for the development of a single strategy for its proper management from cross border countries. It is indisputable that in the cross border area there are many problems that mainly concern the control of the water quality, the water loss within the networks, the health hazards in cases of polluting incidents and the irrational use of water for irrigation of urban green areas. Water is a renewable natural resource but the quantities available are limited and since water is a public good, every citizen should have free access, so it is required care for registration of a balance between our needs and ensuring adequate quantities of water in the required quality for needs coverage.
Aim of the project is the development of common standards for water conservation and quality assurance along with pilot applications in selected Municipalities of the cross-border area. For that purpose, the Water Directorate of Macedonia Thrace took the lead to bring together the Balkan Environment Center and Club Economika 2000. This project’s direct beneficiaries are the inhabitants of the Municipalities that participate in the project, through the protection and conservation of their local natural resources. The local administration authorities are also targeted since they will be granted with useful tools for decision making and administrative planning. The Project may also attract bodies, groups and individuals from other geographical areas which may find guidance for future similar project implementations.