Baltic Smart Water Hub is easy-to-use open web portal showcasing most recent good practices, technical solutions and tools for water sector experts in the Baltic Sea Region. The portal has been developed in the framework of the Interactive Water Management - IWAMA project by the project’s Lead Partner, Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission.
The Baltic Smart Water Hub is a place of technical expertise and a database of exemplary solutions existing in various water sectors in the Baltic Sea Region. The Hub structure follows four water areas, in which the information is presented: fresh and sea water, storm water and wastewater. Through recognizing these areas, the Hub emphasizes important water management aspects such as handling storm waters, river monitoring, lake restoration, coastal area management, wastewater treatment, securing high quality drinking water etc.
The Hub comprises of four core elements, through which actors can cooperate, share and learn: good practices, technical solutions, tools and experts. Each section has a unique set of content tested and implemented by forerunner organizations from the Baltic Sea Region.
Through the demonstrated cases, Hub users can find ideas for investments, measures to optimize processes, solutions to similar challenges and tools to use in the daily work. They can also learn about existing funding instruments, regional policy framework and potential networking associates. Users can also submit their own content to the Hub through an on-line form and by doing so promote their organisation´s expertise in the region.
The portal offering is continuously expanding with novel tested solutions, providing users the best variety of available water management related information around the Baltic Sea Region. Visit the Hub and share your good practice!
Baltic Sea Challenge has close co-operation with the IWAMA (Interactive Water Management) project. IWAMA produced the Smart Water Hub based on the project activities of developing the capacity of water sector operators and pilot investments to increase energy efficiency and advance sludge handling. All project activities are targeted at better environmental state of the Baltic Sea through reducing nutrient input, optimizing energy consumption of the wastewater treatment plants, training water sector’s employees and ensuring the transfer of knowledge. The partners of the IWAMA project have joined the Baltic Sea Challenge network. Most of them have their activities in the Smart Water Hub, and their BSC commitments and actions can be found on their individual BSC subpages:
- Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
- University of Tartu (Estonia)
- Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
- DWA, German Association for water, wastewater & waste; regional group North-East (Germany)
- Estonian Waterworks Association (Estonia)
- Environmental Center for Administration and Technology (Lithuania)
- Linnaeus University (Sweden)
- Kauno vandenys Ltd. (Lithuania)
- Water and Sewage Company Ltd. of Szczecin (Poland)
- Gdansk Water Utilities (Poland)
- Zweckverband Grevesmühlen (Germany)
- Tartu Waterworks Ltd (Estonia)
- Türi Vesi OÜ (Estonia)
- Daugavpils Water Ltd (Latvia)
- Jurmala Water (Latvia)
- Aqua & Waste International GmbH (Germany)
Guidelines & Recommendations
Guidelines & Recommendations
Hub is a free-access online portal hosted by the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission.
The Hub´s target groups consist of water companies and associations, relevant local authorities’ departments, academia and students engaged in water fields, private companies producing clean-tech and innovative water-related solutions, as well as NGOs and other initiatives and foundations working with water issues.
There are several ways how users can cooperate, share and learn in the Hub:
- browse and search for specific good practice, technical solution and tool using the SEARCH button based on smart categorization: RESOURCE, SECTOR, COUNTRY and KEY WORDS. The most recent content will appear at the top of the list
- add content to the HUB using the ready form for three core elements: Good practices, Technical solutions, Tools
Good practice cases presented in the Hub illustrate processes of implementing investments, piloting or innovative solutions that certain actors have experienced and sharing of which is beneficial for Hub’s target users. From a good practice description you would find who did what and why, over what period of time, what was the result, how much did it cost and where the funding came from. Additionally, good practice might elaborate on a specific setting and prerequisites of the process and influencing regulatory factors.
- Form for adding good practice: http://www.balticwaterhub.net/submit/good-practice
Technical solution describes specific technology that can be used in order to improve a certain process or solve a specific problem. Technical solution is usually offered by a supplier, and you can learn about how exactly it functions, what prerequisites are needed and approximate cost. Brief examples of where it has been implemented and with what results can be found from a solution’s description, or elaborated in more details as a good practice.
- Form for adding technical solution: http://www.balticwaterhub.net/submit/technical-solution
Tools available via the Hub are self-standing instruments that can be downloaded or reached through the source and immediately applied by the end users. If available, descriptions of the process and results of systematic application of certain tools are described as good practices.
- Form for adding the Tool: http://www.balticwaterhub.net/submit/tool
Would you like to contribute with your expertise in the field? Become an expert in the Hub through submitting an application form: http://www.balticwaterhub.net/submit/expert