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3rd Sustainable Water Management Conference – Water supply,waste water management in BiH

Thursday, 25th October 2018 9.30 – 14.30 h

Fee: Free
Note: Register before 19th October 2018

Target groups:

Decision makers (communal and industrial),
Employers in the sector and customers, experts and consultants,
Institutions, authorities and administration
Interest groups and NGOs
Companies and industry


Water is an essential good for life but also the basis for economic development of a society. The accession of the countries of the SEE region to the EU requires modernisation and upgrading of water infrastructure and services. With 9,781 m3/capita/year, BiH has abundant water resources. 88% of population have access to piped water. Public water services cover 58% of total population for water supply and 31% for sewerage. Poorly maintained infrastructure causes water losses, with even 50% of non-revenue water. Only 3% of the population is connected to wastewater treatment plants. Local units and 142 utilities are unequipped and lacking skills for efficient operation management. In order to achieve the planned water policy investments are estimated at € 3.66 billion within 20 years. The EU has been a key donor for water sector investment. Tariffs are the dominant funding source and important precondition for the sustainable operation of utilities. Optimising tariff system is ongoing program and current topic, as well as the equipment modernisation in BiH.


8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome words
Mr. Bosko Kenjic, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ms. Sabina Hadziahmetovic
HEIS- Hydro- Engineering Institute Sarajevo

Block I: Developments, Planning and Perspectives of Water Sector

9:15 Future plans for financing water infrastructure projects in BiH
Mr. Igor Palandzic, World Bank
9:30 Water services – improvement and sustainability of water utilities
Mr. Nenad Djukic, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of RS
9:45 Program for improvement of communal services and efficiency
Prof. Dr. Branko Vucijak, UNDP
10:00 Discussion
10:15 Break

Block II: Achievements of BH water sector and efficiency of communal companies

10:30 Mini hydropower “Cajdras” – used in operations of Zenica Water Utility
Mr. Nedim Secic, PUC for water and sewerage Zenica
10:45 Best practice example of Reception of sanitary fecal and precipitation waters
Ms. Jasmina Rancic, Regeneracija doo
11:00 Application of advanced technologies in construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sewerage installations
Mr. Rastko Jovanovic, Ludwig Pfeiffer
11:15 SCADA System in communal companiesDamir Mrdjen, Adriatic Sea Watershed Agency
Mr. Sinisa Dabic, EMTelektro inzenjering doo
11:30 Water loss control and reduction – New developments in Banja Luka water utility
Mr. Miodrag Babic, Water Utility Banja Luka
11:45 Discussion
12:00 Break

Block III: Water loss control Workshop


Mr. Jurica Kovač,
independent consultant for water loss management, IWA Fellow 2014

12:30 – 14:30 Introduction by moderator

Main topics

  • News from the World Water Loss Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, May 5, 2018
  • Interesting new technologies and services (locating leaks through satellites, using drones, advanced GIS applications, internet stuff in the water supply)
    Smart Cloud
  • Change Management in Water Supply Companies
  • Discussion with participants

General sponsor of conference: 


Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations BiH
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management RS
Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry
European Water Association (EWA)
German Water Partnership (GWP)