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Proceedings - 4th International conference of the Water agency Association, RogaĹĄka Slatina 2018

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International cooperation and networking

in the project The Water agent brings new challenges and ideas each year. Contacts started through the unexpected encounters of previous years have led us, to solid connections and cooperation with significant results. Our acquaintances are now serious partnerships confirmed through serious projects being implemented within the Visegrad Fund, Erasmus + program and expanding cooperation to more than 12 countries in Europe. Every year we create and plan new activities. The main topic of our project is water and it is our obligation to do more to conserve water in nature. Rivers are a link between far away territories, settlements are developing on rivers, rivers are often borders between states. Anyone who once found himself on the river recognizes the charm of this natural beauty. Life on the river and what people do with their behavior consciously or unconsciously will carry us this year in a project through live engagement partners living and working on rivers. Directly from boats, rafts, catamarans, we will meet the Danube, Sava, Kupa, Sana, Tisza, Rajna ... In order to nurture the relationships that our project develops, we want the participants in the Water Agent project to get to know each other and meet each other. That’s why we have designed new program activities, which are an annual exhibition of student thematic works and a joint excursion of the most competent agents - coordinators and students. Conferences are certainly important places for meeting and potential cooperation. We are facing the 4th International conference with the main topic “The impact of international communication on our waterfoot print”. We will be able to find out in open discussion about the ways in which we change the way we behave, change the consumer mentality, or simply with a little more thoughts, make a big change and prevent large pollution of water and water resources. As Henry Ford said: »The rapprochement is the begining, staying together is progress, cooperation is a success«

IMPRESUM Publisher: The Water agency Association 56a st. Florijan, 3250 Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia Phone: 0038651848234 Email: info@vodnaagencija.org Web:www.vodnaagencija.org | www.wateragent.eu Editor: Majda Adlešić Graphic design: Studio Art Therapy, Bački Petrovac Printing: PODOBA d.o.o. Rogaška Slatina 200 pcs Proceedings - 4th International conference of2 the Water agency Association

See you on 5th International conference of the Water agency in 2019.

Majda Adlešić, Program manger Jože Cvetko, President of the Water agency Association


The objectives of the conference: Priority of the project the Water agent is partnerships and networking with the goal of creating international cooperation in ensuring effective action in the field of water and water resources protection. Water and water currents do not know the boundaries. Accordingly, we must all together show responsibility for protecting, protecting and preserving water primarily on a personal level. The Water Agency’s conferences are an opportunity to present the achievements in the development of the Water Agent in schools in the wider region and present related projects with which we are establishing partnerships. This year, we focus on the Water footprint as the impact of each of us on water and water resources. Therefore, in addition to the schools participating in the project and the utility companies that support them, companies and entrepreneurs choose their own business and have a social responsibility and responsibility towards.

Welcome!

PROGRAM Friday, October 5th 2018 – Conference day Registration 8.30 – 9.00 9.00 – 9.30 Welcome speeches Mr. Branko Kidrič, Mayor of Municipality Rogaška Slatina Mr. Jože Cvetko, President of the Water agency Association Ms. Majda Adlešić, program manager of the Water agency Association Music intermezzo 9.30 – 9.45 9.45 – 10.00 10.00 – 10.15 10.15 – 10.30 10.30 – 10.45 10.45 – 11.00 11.00 – 11.15 11.15 – 11.30 11.30 -11.45 11.45 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.15 12.15 -12.45 12.45 – 13.15 13.15 – 15.00

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Phd. Tatjana Kikec, expert of the Water agency Association – Project Water agent, Slovenia Dominika Mesojedec and Anže Cencelj, Primary school Sostro, Ljubljana – Water agent on Sostro Primary school, Slovenia Natalija Pobežin, 1st Primary school Rogaška Slatina – Water agent on 1st Primary school Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia Špela Arh Marinčič, OKP Kostak, Krško – The cooperation of the communal and Primary schools upgraded with the Water agent project , Slovenia Bence Cseke , IMRO, Nagykanizsa, Hungary – Project Wat.Edu and Ra.Wa.C – a good international cooperation examples mag. Korana Ambrozić, Waterworks ltd. Slavonski Brod & Igor Nikičić, Principal, Primary school Djuro Pilar, Slavonski Brod, – Cooperation between Waterworks ltd and Elementary school -A good cooperation example, Croatia Marija Vizner, Legal entity for water management Hrvatske vode, Zagreb - Knowledge conducts - Introduces habits, Croatia Andrej Marochini, general manager and mag. Alida Domijan, KD “Waterworks and Sewerage“ Rijeka – Knowledge on water for water - development of project Water agent Rijeka, Croatia Petar Pižurica, Executive Director of the Production Department of PUC“Waterworks and Sewerage“ Subotica – Drops of the water from the Carpathians -PUC Waterworks and Sewerage and Elementary schools – an example of good cooperation, Serbia Svetlana Krstić, Public water management company Vode Vojvodine, Novi Sad – Creative education - Nature park Jegrička, Serbia Mag. Karin Kaiblinger, gutessen consulting, Vienna; Water schools Vienna - Drinking Tap water in Primary Schools, Austria Phd. Lara Wöhler , School Project Officier, Water Footprint Network, Amsterdam – The Water Footprint Concept: State of the art, research outlook and opportunities for education, Netherland Lunch break Round table - discussion Mag. Margarita Maruškić Kulaš, General manager, Aquatika – Freshwater aquarium, Karlovac, Croatia Stane Bizjak, FEE Slovenia – DOVES, The Green Key - we protect our environment with overnights, Slovenia Damijan Volf, Sales manager, KSB pumps and valves ltd. Slovenia Danijel Gospič,General manager, G2O Company, Fish farm-recirculation system,Slovenia Blanka Trtnik, General manager, Ekovek ltd, Ljubljana, Slovenia Milena Vatovec, General manager, O3, ltd, Slovenia Guided tour of the exhibitions in Ana’s Mansions

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Project the Water agent In order to protect the environment and water resources, basic education of the public is fundamental. Knowing the rules of nature, understanding its laws and processes that are constantly taking place in the environment is crucial for the preservation and protection of the environment and water resources. We will achieve the greatest long-term effect if we begin to raise awareness among younger generations (children, pupils, students) who are future managers of the environment and, ultimately, decision makers of future development. In the Water agency Association that has been operating since 2013 in the field of nature protection and awareness of the importance of water resources and the need for their protection, we have thus developed the project Water Agent.

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The main purpose of the project is education on the environment and water resources, awareness raising about the need to protect and responsible management of the environment and water resources, and raising awareness of the rational use of water. The main objectives of the project are: (1) to increase the awareness of children and adolescents regarding the protection of the environment and water resources; and (2) to reduce the amount of water consumed. The target group is therefore children, pupils and students who are accessed through kindergarten, teachers in elementary and secondary schools who, with their expertise, experience and awareness, transfer their knowledge and values to younger generations. The project is designed in such a way that children and youth with their own activity acquire knowledge, and at the same time they develop the awareness that we must all act responsibly to the environment and water resources. The content project consists of three parts, which we have combined into an educational package.

A water consumption meter mounted on the reinforcement in the class and records the quantity of the discharged water; the data is read directly on the meter. So we have a better overview of the amount of water consumed and also reduces its consumption.


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Web application for data entry where we enter the data we read on the meter. It automatically calculates the amount of water consumed during the selected time period and displays the data on the graph, while allowing data to be compared with other participating schools in the project, thereby encouraging to reduce water consumption.

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Mobile water station comprises practical presentation of technical elements of plumbing and communal infrastructure to interesting, and to children and adolescents in an understandable way. This makes it easier for them to understand where and how the water gets to the pipe and what happens to it when it drains into the drain, which increases their awareness of responsible water and water management.

We started with the project towards the end of 2014 in Slovenia, where we are gradually equipping Slovenian schools and kindergartens with the support of local (especially municipal) companies and applying for various calls with educational packages. At present, 84 of them are included in the project. However, since the environment, even water, is not familiar with the border, we soon expanded the project to the countries of the Western Balkans, and in the last few years, schools from other countries of the Danube Region have been gradually included in the project. Representatives from a total of 12 countries are currently involved in the project. In addition to schools and kindergartens, more and more companies involved in water resource management are involved in the project, as well as experts who share their knowledge with teachers of participating schools at many organized seminars. By extending the project beyond the borders of Slovenia, the participating schools were given the opportunity to compare data on water consumption with the data of schools in the participating countries. At the same time, schools also offered numerous opportunities for partnering with schools abroad and the possibility of joint applications to various international tenders, where the first successes are already shown. For over two years, the Water agency has been actively involved in the Europe-wide initiative to promote sustainable development, and in the framework of the European Week for Sustainable Development (ESDW), educational workshops with outdoor water stations in 6 countries of the Danube Region.

PhD. Tatjana Kikec Expert of the Water agency Association

As a Slovenian partner, the Society together with the 1st elementary school RogaĹĄka Slatina participates in the international project Wat.Edu under Erasmus +, in which, in addition to the leading partner from Hungary, partners from Greece and the Czech Republic are also involved. With the new school year, the Association started with the project Water agents of the city of Maribor, where with the help of the Henkel Group donation funds, 24 participating elementary schools will be equipped with educational packages. The project will be implemented by the end of the school year. At the same time, a similar project is being carried out in Rijeka, Croatia, and is headed by the Water Agents of Rijeka. It is worth mentioning also the inclusion of 14 schools from Subotica in Vojvodina in the project and three Italian schools together with elementary schools in Piran, SeÄ?ovlje and Lucija. Within the framework of the project, the participating teachers present a results in the social bulletins and at the regular annual international conferences of the Water agency, and on this occasion, publications like this. The results of their work are in themselves sufficiently eloquent and confirm that we are on the right track. And if we have written in the last social bulletin that our story is still being created, today we can write that we are already in the middle of this. And we firmly believe that our story will continue to develop. The education and awareness of children and youth is the right foundation for preserving and protecting the environment and water resources. And right, children are those who with their unburdiness and spontaneity transfer their knowledge and awareness to us adults. Last but not least, we are responsible for the state of our environment and water resources.

PhD. Tatjana Kikec has a doctorate in the field of geography. Her scientific research includes research into the onset of drought and the integration of information and communication technology into education.

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WATER AGENT AT SOSTRO PRIMARY SCHOOL Dominika Mesojedec and Anže Cencelj Sostro Primary school is located in the suburban eastern part of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. With 740 pupils it is one of the biggest schools in Ljubljana. It comprises the central school in Sostro and four district schools (Besnica, Janče, Prežganje and Lipoglav). It covers the largest school area in Ljubljana. Pupils can be involved in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, national and international projects. One of these projects is Water Agent. We started to actively participate in the project in the previous school year. At first, only a few 6th grade pupils attended it, however later on their number increased. Last year we mainly measured water consumption, and Anže entered the measurements into the web application. This year we will continue with our work and perform chemical water analysis, promote greater water protection, and make social games as well.

Dominika Mesojedec is a teacher of chemistry, biology, science and home economics at Sostro Primary school. She is the mentor of extra-curricular activities such as Water Agent, First Chemical Experiments, Chemistry in the Environment and First Aid. She is also the mentor to young researchers who achieve the highest awards at the regional as well as the national level.

Anže Cencelj is a pupil of the 7th grade at Sostro Primary School. He participates in several extra-curricular activities: Vodni agent (Water Agent), Turizmu pomaga lastna glava (Students work in tourism), Naravoslovne ekperimentalnice (Science Experiments) and Zlata kuhalnica (Golden Wooden Spoon). In the past school year, he was the most hard-working pupil in the extra-curricular activity Water Agent. He and two other pupils won the golden award in the Golden Wooden Spoon competition. 6


Water agents on 1st Primary school on Rogaška Slatina My name is Natalija Pobežin. I’ve been teaching young children (6 - 8 year-old) for 18 years. I love teaching and I find it challenging. I like music and sport, but I spend most of my free time walking in nature with my family. I find nature preservation very important and I promote this awareness among my three children and pupils at school. I’ve been coordinating a project called Water agent since 2014 at JVIZ l. OŠ Rogaška Slatina. We believe it is important to teach children about the importance of water early on. Using various activies we have been encouraging and teaching about the importance of water and water resources since the beginning of this project. This topic is included in all school subjects. Using water measuring devices in four classrooms we control water consumption and send data to the internet aplications. Pupils write water consumption data in their Science notebooks. We compare the data on water consumption with our peers in other schools. Project activities include the design and preparation of flyers, posters, badges and printing of flags marking the school Water agents. A Science day I am the water agent was organised in the Children’s museum Herman’s den in Celje. We also emphasise drinking tap water. Using all these activities and many more we stay connected with our peers in other schools, since we all have the same moto: No water, no life and every drop counts.

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Collaboration of public utility company and primary schools upgraded with Water agent project The Kostak company performs public services in municipalities of Krško and Kostanjevica na Krki. Our primary task is to ensure citizens get quality drinking water from public water supply system, but it’s also of great importance to raise awareness among young people. 2017 was the year we formed a connection with Jože Cvetko from the Water agency association. After the presentation of the international project Water agent we decided to cooperate, because we saw an opportunity to upgrade our collaboration with primary schools in local environment. Our first phase of the project included the next primary schools: primary school Jurij Dalmatin Krško, primary school Leskovec pri Krškem with subsidiary in Veliki Podlog, primary school Podbočje, primary school XIV. Divizije Senovo and primary school Jožeta Gorjupa Kostanjevica na Krki. In the school year 2017/2018 we encouraged kids in third and fourth grade to broader thinking about water. Together with pupils, which participated in the project, we reviewed and analysed the usage of drinking water in their classroom, we informed them about the meaning of conservation of water sources, about correct waste treatment and its effect on the groundwater, and meaning of proper waste water treatment before its release into environment. At some schools we also organized classes in which we informed pupils of different age about public utility company infrastructure, water sources, from which they are supplied and the water circle, in a way they could all understand.

Poraba pitne vode na pipi v 3. razredih OŠ Leskovec pri Krškem

Picture 2: aspiring young water agent Picture 1: the analysis of drinking water consumption in third grades of primary school Leskovec pri Krškem

Together with pupils we concluded that water must be consumed rationally at school as well as their homes. They can contribute to the cause already by closing running water while they brush their teeth.

Špela Arh Marinčič, Head of Water Supply Systems and Waste Water Treatment; Kostak Company, Public Utility and Construction Company spela.arh-marincic@kostak.si

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Examples of international cooperation Due to the effects climate change, environmental challenges are hitting more severely our planet. Among critical symptoms, waterrelated problems can be considered the most crucial ones. According to the estimations of the United Nations, in 2050, there will be approximately 500 million people alone in Sub-Saharan Africa without adequate daily clearwater. However, water-related environmental challenges are also occurring in Europe in form of wasting, pollution and the ineffective usage of water resources, thus water scarcity affects at least 11% of the European population and 17% of EU territory according to the estimations of the European Environmental Agency. Moreover, it is also declared that 20-40% of Europe’s available water is being wasted due to leakages, ineffective saving technologies, unnecessary irrigation, dripping, household inefficiencies, etc.). Despite this, the European Environmental Agency warns that ‘in a business as usual’ scenario, water con-

sumption by the public, industry and agriculture would increase by 16% till 2030. From the latest Eurobarometer survey, it becomes evident that in 2012, fewer than four out of ten respondents felt well or very well informed (37%) in the EU about problems facing groundwater, lakes, rivers and coastal waters in their country, which means 6 points decline since 2009, however 69% of respondents considers that water quality and quantity problems are serious. This means a great contradiction in public awareness; respondents aren’t well-informed, however they are aware of the seriousness of water problems. To prove this discrepancy, Eurobarometer also points out that almost seven out of ten (67%) think that providing more information on the environmental consequences of water use is the most effective way to tackle water problems. This is also the most commonly mentioned method of

addressing these issues in 19 out of 27 countries Consequently, it seems Europe is facing with crucial water-related challenges, meanwhile citizens aren’t informed enough about consequences and risks. From this perspective, IMRO has dedicated itself to initiate waterfocused environmental education projects, so that we can ease the burdens of the inefficient public dissemination and awareness raising background. Due to our efforts, we’ve become one of the most significant stakeholder in Hungary on this field, with meaningful network in Europe. Our main target is to increase this activity with the involvement of new programs and partners by creating stronger regional and European interconnectivity among dedicated organizations and experts to ensure the best possible conditions for international dissemination upon water-realted challanges.

Bence Cseke, IInternational project manager in Development Agency of Nagykanizsa Coordinator of Foreign Affairs in IMRO-DDKK Ltd

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COOPERATION BETWEEN ‘’VODOVOD LTD.’’ AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – AN EXAMPLE OF GOOD PRACTICE With the construction of Waste water treatment plant in 2014., the waste water has been cleansed and the river Sava had become ecologically clean in the area of Slavonski Brod. We have been given the responsibility to inform and educate the local citizens about preserving the water with the construction of this plant. It became an educational center with the involvement in the project called ‘’The water agent’’ and by the activity with the ‘’Water agency’’. Beside conducting activities with the ‘’Water agency’’, we also have teachers and students who come here by their own initiative to have a proffesional tour around the WWTP, and even to write their final and graduate thesis. The cooperation with the ‘’Water agency’’ started in 2016. along with three elementary schools which were involved in the project ‘’Water agent’’ with the purchase of devices for measuring the water flow in the classrooms. We have been educating and raising awareness of cleaning the water and environment in general ever since. We had the European sustainable development week this year in the elementary school ‘’Đuro Pilar’’ where student’s welcomed us with smiles and lots of questions. With the signing of the project ‘’Water friends’’ on the Public competition for co-financing the projects of non-governmental organizations in the field of water management in 2017. conducted by ‘’Croatian waters association’’, the non-profit organization called ‘’Academico’’ from Slavonski Brod has managed to co-finance the activities for educating the students. Also, with this co-financing of the project we managed to implant six more devices for measuring the water flow in two elementary schools. Also, there has been a cooperation between non-profit organization Academico, Vodovod Ltd. and Water agency. Everybody is pleased to know that the cooperation with ‘’Water agency’’ shall be continued, and all of this with the goal of mutual education activities towards our citizens.

KORANA AMBROZIĆ, mag.appl.chem.

Technologist at WWTP

She finished her high education 2012 at Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of Zagreb. In 2015 at the Faculty of Educational Sciences completes pedagogical-psychological and didacticmethodical training. As part of the Spring School of Activities 2014 completes education on writing and implementing EU projects. Last four years I am working at Waste Water Treatment Plant in Slavonski Brod.

WATER AGENT ON “DJURO PILAR” PRIMARY SCHOOL, SLAVONSKI BROD CROATIA For the past few years, our school has been focusing on the development of pupil skills in the STEM area. Sustainable development, protecting the environment and ecological awareness are our priority goals. We have been working on a series of projects and activities to raise the ecological awareness of our pupils and our local community. Starting in 2014 with “School in the forest, forest in the school” project, we started our cooperation with the Croatian forest company “Hrvatske šume” and continue the cooperation with the Together for the school park” project that was financed by the Croatian National Foundation for the Development of Civil Society and HEP through the “Contribution to the community” programme. It is a project of building an educational QR park with autochthonous tree seedlings and aromatic plant spiral. Our school has also been participating in an IPA Interreg project “Smart schools” with a goal of upgrading school energetic efficiency and economical natural resources consumption. This year we continue to follow our goals with “Open classroom” project and E+ KA2 project called The Green Micro:bit. Working with a Slovenian and Croatian school on upgrading the ecological capacity of our school and spreading sustainable development knowledge. During 2018/2019 school year, our school has participated in the Water agent project in cooperation with Academico NGO and Vodovod Ltd. Company. The project brought innovation to our Science classes, especially in lower grades (ages 7-11). Our pupils got a chance to see water meters for the first time and they found it interesting to see the amount of water they used. This is the first project on water preservation in our school. Visit of ETOR during the European sustainable development week has given all of our pupils a chance to be acquainted with the water usage process, which was fun and educative for them. “Djuro Pilar” Slavonski Brod, primary school´s moto is A SCHOOL WHERE GOOD IDEAS BECOME REALITY so we hope to cooperate in the future on making your good ideas become reality.

IGOR NIKIČIĆ graduated teacher, Headteacher of Djuro Pilar Primary school Slavonski Brod

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An English teacher since 2004 in primary schools with a mentorship to a state vice-champion in public speaking in English. Since 2008 has been doing humanitarian work and educating young people and children on EU programmes, the development of the civic society through a series of local and two international projects. In 2015, he became a head teacher of “Djuro Pilar” primary school in Slavonski Brod, Croatia where he successfully leads the implementation of the European commission, Erasmus+ projects, a number of local and regional projects as a partner organisation and coordinator. He is also a Citizen Education teacher regional chamber since 2016 and a proud father of two.


Knowledge conducts – introduces habits HV’s educational children’s programme, launched in 2013, today includes several projects: preparation of educational picture books; performance of a play called “Water is Life”; competition for elementary schools “The Youngest Ones for Croatia’s Waters”; presentation of the picture books; and implementation of the “Mini Suitcases” project. The programme’s target group are children of pre-school age and elementary school pupils. Its main purpose is to present the central water-related issues to them through funny and interesting content, close to their curriculum and age. Often “rigid” curriculum doesn’t leave much space and time for the children to fully understand the life they live, with

learning reduced to the adoption of facts without understanding. Burdened by criticism and the need to have good grades, it can create discomfort and even aversion to learning. HV’s children’s programme tries to make the acquisition of knowledge interesting and to encourage the kids to become more actively involved in their own development and adopt responsible behaviour towards the environment in which they live. Children’s attention was gained through HV’s mascot, an amiable turtle called Hrvoje that represents the most endangered turtle species in Croatia, with his name associated with “HRVatska” (Croatia) and “HRvatske VOde”. In HV’s picture books, Hrvoje informs the children about the topics of floods, water pollution, water protection, water use, wastewater, and the basic processes of wastewater treatment and treated water re-use. It doesn’t take the children long to assume the role of the endangered turtle the survival of which is related to water conservation. Through adventures and simple everyday situations, they quickly take in the basic water-related terms and facts. The picture books are distributed and presented free of charge in kindergartens and schools throughout Croatia, upon invitation by (kindergarten) teachers. Every picture book contains a set of tasks that every child resolves in his/her own copy of the picture book. Through interesting and funny presentations, the children can check the acquired knowledge through a Q&A game with Hrvoje, a hand puppet. This makes the acquisition of knowledge easier and funnier, with Hrvoje becoming a kind of “hero” and protector of water with whom the children frequently identify themselves. Protecting and using water economically thus becomes their everyday ritual, creating more responsible generations with better empathy for

MARIJA VIZNER, B.S.Agr. HRVATSKE VODE Public Relations Division General Manager’s Office

the environment in which they live and from which they take natural resources. As part of this programme, in the period from 2013 to September 2018, 213 presentations of the picture books were given to app. 9000 children in 147 elementary schools and 20 kindergartens; the play was performed 67 times for 75 schools and app. 8800 children; 4 competitions were conducted with more than 350 schools applied and more than 500 children’s works. HV’s children’s programme has been asssessed by the (kindergarten) teachers as an excellent way of raising the children’s awareness. It is also being improved and extended to EU co-financed projects. An educational PC game and quiz under the title of “How to Protect against Floods – Learn and Play the Game!” were developed within the FRISCO1 Project (EU INTERREG Slovenia – Croatia 2014-2020). A project called “Mini Suitcases”, co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund, is implemented in cooperation with national vocational agencies for education and nature protection. It foresees the preparation of a Water Manual including experiments for junior and senior elementary school pupils, as well as the donation of portable water and soil quality testing laboratories for 42 schools in 11 towns. The intention of the children’s programme is to create content as interesting as possible which will through practical methods stir children’s interest in water conservation and make them become engaged in reaching conclusions and decisions which can be the drivers of particular issues on the local/regional or national level. We will in that way send a message that each and every one of us is responsible for the world we live in and which cannot exist without water!

Marija Vizner in 2011, became Editor-in-Chief of the “Hrvatska vodoprivreda” journal. In 2013, she launhed the first projects within HV’s educational children’s programme. She has authored four educational picture books for elementary school pupils under the titles of “Living by the River – Floods” “Water Source of Life – Water Protection” “Water and Man – Water Use” and “Hrvoje’s New Adventure – From Waste to Clean Water!”, which she presents in schools and kindergartens. In cooperation with Daska Theater she has prepared a synopsis for play “Water is Life” and has initiated the creation of a PC game and a project called “Mini Suitcases”.

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KNOWLEDGE ON WATER FOR WATER: DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECT WATER AGENT RIJEKA Most people take potable water for granted and do not think about the importance of water on a daily basis, or its precious value as a limited natural resource. It is because potable water has become available at any given moment, whenever we need it. It is very easy to ignore and forget the whole journey, which at times is neither short nor simple, that water has to go through, to reach our faucets; as well as the journey that follows its use to ensure its ecologically acceptable management. With all of the above, as well as with the need for rational use and sustainable managemet of water and water connected systems, Utility company Vododvod i kanalizacija Ltd. endeavors to regularly inform and familiarize its many customers. Through various educational activities, we aim to contribute to the citizen awareness that drinking water is a privilege that should be deeply respected and aware of. Water project Rijeka represents a continuation of such efforts and an incentive for further work with the youngest, whom this project is primarily intended for. Utility company Vododvod i kanalizacija Ltd. initiated a successful cooperation with the The Water Agency during this year’s ESDW (European sustainable development week) when the first lectures under the pilot project Water agent Rijeka were held in two elementary schools (OŠ Eugen Kumicic and OŠ Podmurvice). The Educational Workshop was held on June 12th 2018. and had gathered over one hundred participants. With great interest, pupils followed the presentation of the technical components of water supply and sewerage, simulated natural water purification, carried buckets of water and learned how much water is needed to flush a toilet. In the end, the success of education and presentation was confirmed by the resolution of eco-riddle. In accordance with contemporary requirements for more innovative methods of transferring knowledge in a creative and attractive manner, students were introduced to a broad range of topics ranging from

public water supply and sewage in both local and global context to water circulation in the nature and the need for urgent protection of environment and available water wealth’. Hopefully the project will soon be expanded to the rest of the elementary schools in the city of Rijeka and maybe even to those on the territoty of other self government units where Utility company Vododvod i kanalizacija Ltd. provides its service. With such educational programs our intention is to encourage personal development of individuals and society in general and to raise awareness about environmental issues and the need for the responsible and rational management of water as a limited resource. Here special emphasis is put on the quality and the specificity of the „Rijeka’s“ water that has become known as a legend and one of the most important brands of the city of Rijeka - also known as the „City that flows (runs)“. Due to the fact that we have rich supply of quality karst water, on which many would envy us, it is our duty to preserve it and protect it today.

Along with the continuous education of our users, especially children, the forecoming implementation of the largest communal project on the territory of the Republic of Croatia will also contribute to the accomplishment of this great task. EU project „Agglomeration Rijeka“ worth almost 1.8 billion kuna encompasses construction of waste water treatment plant with secondary (biological) treatment and sludge treatment to content of at least 90% of dry matter, then construction of around 217 kilometers of sewer pipelines and building of 125 large and 2500 small pumping stations. Simultaneously, work will be done on about 100 kilometers of the public water supply and distribution system. This will directly increase the living and communal standard of the citizens of Rijeka and its surroundings as well as protect our most valuable resources - drinking and seawater - so that its benefits can be inherited and reaped by generations to follow.

Andrej Marochini, B.Sc.C.E. director at Utility company Vodovod i kanalizacija Ltd. since 2012., representative of Croatian Water and Waste Water Association in EurEau (EU1 Drinking water) since 2013.

Alida Domijan, mag. cult. PR manager at Utility company Vodovod i kanalizacija Ltd. since 2017. 12


DROPS OF WATER FROM THE CARPATHIANS

PUC Waterworks and Sewerage and Elementary schools – an example of good cooperation

The Pannonian Plain extends between the Alpine, Carpathian and Dinaric mountain ranges. Rocky massifs experience erosion on their periphery, and thus make up more water-bearing, mineral, and even oil-bearing layers. The first one is up to a depth of 9 meters and is made up of surface precipitation. The second one is up to 110 meters and is formed by the influence of the Danube River. The third layer is the most interesting for us. This aquifer is located at a depth of 180 to 200 meters. It is rich in large gravel and sand and is used for drinking water exploatation from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, a large part of Vojvodina, all the way to Romania. Water droplets in the rock cracks, on their route that lasts four to six thousand years, are found naturally purified, among these mountain ranges (pro) in this layer of the Pannonian Plain. This process is not visible to the naked eye, the same as a large part of the source and the distribution infrastructure, which are located below the surface of the ground.

Water, therefore, does not know boundaries! It is clear that the cooperation between states and this region must be organized at such a broad level aswell. In this regard, it should be emphasized that today’s degree of awareness and conscience, both within the Water supply companies, as well as in cities and the citizens in this region, make up an inseparable circle of the water resource management system and represent a warranty that this natural resource, which is not inexhaustible, will be preserved for future generations. Taking in consideration the fact that water is an underground resource which is hard to restore, and accepting the responsibility to protect this resource from excessive and irrational consumption, PUC “Waterworks and Sewerage” Subotica, starting in March 2001, is implementing, in cooperation with elementary schools of Subotica, an ecological education project “AQUARIUS”. Within this project, the PUC “Waterworks and Sewerage” addresses the younger aged consumers category from which it tries to encourage a creative and research oriented attitude towards the activity of our company. Such a relationship should awaken their awareness and conscience over the preciousness of drinking water resources and its rational consumption. In addition to children, seemingly passive, this project involves their teachers and parents aswell, which makes this cycle of responsibilities significantly expand, but at the same time it raises the level of the overall attitude and concern for water. This project is implemented in III phases which include:

• organized visits of children, their parents and teachers to the central objects of water supply, drainage and wastewater treatment; • participation and work of students in creative and research oriented workshops and • participation of joint teams of children, parents and teachers in the Quiz “All you did not know, and you wanted to ask about water and waterworks ?!”

Bearing in mind the above-mentioned international regional territorial outspread and the care for water resources, PUC “Water and Sewerage” is a member and an active participant in IAWD projects - the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, and in organization of the Water Agency, which headquarters is located in Rogaška Slatina in the Republic of Slovenia, contributes to the success of the “Danube Water Agent” project with elementary schools from Subotica.

Petar Pižurica, graduated mechanical engineer, Executive Director of the Production Department of PUC“Waterworks and Sewerage“Subotica

Agi Tukacs, GIS engineer knows the system of water supply and sewage Subotica to the details 13 13


CREATIVE EDUCATION ABOUT NATURE PROTECTION AND WATER MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN PROVINCE OF VOJVODINA To understand the present and to be able to envision the future, it is important to learn from the past at times. Keeping this in mind, we have started educational program for school-age children with emphasis on importance of water management and nature protection. The spotlight is put on works on canal network construction as the essence of creating optimal conditions for living in Vojvodina. Also, special attention has been paid to protection of nature areas as well as significant animal and plant species. Living in present day Serbian province of Vojvodina resembles life in any other place in Central Europe or the Balkans. However, it has not always been like that. Once upon a time there was the Pannonian Sea, later followed by vast areas of wetlands and marshes unsuitable for living. For centuries, people struggled to create living conditions worthy of human life. First canals were built in the beginning of the 18th century. The canal network which connected Danube and Tisza rivers expanded during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century and thus directed the development of entire community to turn the wetlands into fertile land. These canals were predecessors of present canal network with around 20,000 kilometers of canals and 600 km of navigable canals which predominantly belonged to the Danube–Tisza– Danube Hydro system. Thanks to those works and construction, living in Vojvodina is finally made possible for future generations.

As a Public Water Management Company, besides typical works on canal network management, we are in charge of managing protected areas such as Jegrička and Beljanska Bara Nature Parks. In order to draw attention to importance of water and nature preservation, we have developed several programs for school-age children. Most activities are performed during the organized school visits to Jegrička Nature Park Information center near the municipality of Temerin. Jegrička Stream is possibly the best example of Vojvodinian landscape. With one of its part being a canal and the other part a natural stream with valuable wildlife species, it forms an ideal ground for education. Our usual program consists of lectures on flora and fauna existing in our nature parks performed in form of an interactive quiz, very popular among children. In addition, we visit schools and teach children about importance of nature and water preservation as the most valuable resources on our Planet. One of our most popular lectures is “As Clear as Water”. In cooperation with our partners, we occasionally organize volunteer activities that include cleaning, planting and landscaping our Nature Parks with numerous volunteers, especially school-age children. As part of our education program, during these activities we teach children how to respect and preserve the nature and the environment. Committed to teaching new generations to have contact with nature and respect natural resources, we invite all schools in the region to visit our Nature Parks. The best way of learning is by direct contact and connection with nature. Our goal is to create a sense of environmental awareness for future generations. Thus we will create a valuable base for preserving natural resources, especially water as the most valuable one in the 21st century.

Svetlana KRSTIĆ, M.Sc in Ecology Head of Protected Area Management Office

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Public Water Management Company Vode Vojvodine, Novi Sad

Master of Science in Ecology, Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management In 2018 she became Head of Protected Area Management Office, PWMC Vode Vojvodine, Novi Sad


WATERSCHOOLS VIENNA DRINKING TAPWATER IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS The importance of drinking water in schools is well known among teachers. Meanwhile most of kindergarten and school pedagogues allow water drinking during their lessons and they try to encourage pupils to drink water in the classroom. Nevertheless, based on our own research, about half of the kids in Austrian schools do not meet their minimum hydration requirements. To meet the requirements, it takes more than the permission to drink, it is necessary to implement drinking rituals and active promotion of water drinking.

Why drinking tap water in schools?

• Promotion and provision of drinking water at schools has shown to prevent overweight in children. About 30 % of Austrian children (age 8-9) are overweight or obese (annual increase ~ 1-2%). Obesity in children is an increasing health problem throughout the world, with particularly alarming trends in Europe. • Drinking enough stimulates attention and the ability to concentrate. Even mild dehydration can cause cognitive impairment and headaches. • Drinking tap water reduces unnecessary plastic use. Plastic waste from bottles has become a massive threat to our oceans. Tap water is not bottled and not transported long distance by trucks. Project “Waterschools in Vienna” In September 2016 we started the highly successful project “Waterschool” in Vienna. Since then 75 % of all primary schools with about 50.000 pupils and 3.000 pedagogues became a “waterschool”, what means pupils only drink tap water at school. No other drinks are served or sold in schools, parents don’t send any drinks to school. Pedagogues remind the pupils to drink enough. Each child and teacher got a refillable drinking bottle. Schools got posters with “drinkings rituals” for each classroom, pedagogic materials and tools for parental work (take home messages..). The project „Waterschool“ was sponsored by Wiener Gesundheitsförderung, Fonds Gesundes Österreich and Wiener Wasser.

Mag. Karin Kaiblinger, gutessen consulting, Vienna Gutessen consulting (GEC) has been founded by biologist and anthropologist Karin Kaiblinger and nutritionist Rosemarie Zehetgruber in 2005. GEC offers nutrition-related advisory services and trainings with focus on healthy and sustainable food for schools, kindergartens, communities and enterprises. GEC is a training partner in educational colleges in several federal states of Austria. In 2017 we conducted seminars and workshops with about 2.000 teachers, elementary pedagogues and farmers on healthy and sustainable food and drinking for kindergartens, schools and communities. Beside consultations and trainings GEC does publications, investigations, and performs pilot projects. E.g. the pilot project “EU-school fruit scheme in Vienna”, which was highly successful and since February 2015 the school fruit-scheme has been implemented in all Viennese schools. In the last 5 years, drinking water as a tool of health prevention and sustainability has become more relevant for GEC. In September 2018 we start together with 7 European partners as leadpartner the Erasmus+ project “Waterschool - Strengthening Open Digital Education and Innovative Practises through Relevant, Innovative Teaching Tools about Water Consumption in Schools”. More references: www.gutessen.at

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The Water Footprint Concept: State of the art, research outlook and opportunities for education

Abstract: Water security has become a global challenge. Resolving this major task in a sustainable way requires profound knowledge, insights and standards on how we use and allocate limited freshwater resources. The Water Footprint is a comprehensive and well-established indicator for assessing both direct and indirect water use as well as water pollution. This talk introduces the concept, including the water footprint’s three components (blue, green and grey) as well as its various applications. The methodology of Water Footprint Assessment will be unfolded and practical examples are demonstrated. Furthermore, the presentation provides an overview of the latest and ongoing Water Footprint research as well as an outlook on what lies ahead, including Blue Water Footprint reduction efforts or the Grey Water Footprint for pollution by pharmaceuticals. One intriguing aspect that will be addressed is the maximum sustainable Water Footprint. How sustainable is humanity’s water footprint, both on national/regional and global level? And what pathways exist for improving this performance? Lastly, Lara will share an overview of the Water Footprint Network’s motivations and activities, particularly regarding the networks’s novel branch of school materials. As the Water Agent conference has a strong focus on communication of the Water Footprint, she will specifically focus on how to align efforts to progress Water Footprint education.

Lara Wöhler is a PhD researcher in the Water Engineering Management group at Twente University, the Neth-

erlands. In her research, she uses the Grey Water Footprint method to account for pharmaceutical pollution of water resources. Alongside her research, Lara is the school project coordinator of the Water Footprint Network. She holds degrees in environmental science (from Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany) and in water resources engineering (from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany).

The Water Footprint Network (WFN) is a NGO that promotes smart and fair use of the world’s fresh water resources. We believe that sustainable use of fresh water is a critical foundation for healthy lives and a healthy planet. As our consumer society grows and pressure on our limited supply mounts, the race is on for us to rethink and ultimately, transform the ways in which we use and manage water. To keep us on track, we have a vision of the world we would like to live in. Our vision: A world in which we share clean fresh water fairly amongst all people to sustain thriving communities and nature’s diversity. It is going to take more than the Water Footprint Network to bring this vision to life; it is going to take a global community of dedicated individuals and committed organizations. We believe the Water Footprint has something special to bring as we all work together to achieve fair and smart water use. We have made this our mission. Our mission: To use the water footprint concept to promote the transition toward sustainable, fair and efficient use of fresh water resources worldwide. Founded as a non-profit, multi-stakeholder network, Water Footprint Network aims to facilitate partners in initiating activities, sharing best-practices and developing tools and materials that help reach our shared mission.

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Round table AQUATIKA The public institution AQUATIKA – FRESHWATER AQUARIUM KARLOVAC was created as a part of the EU project named “FRESHWATER AQUARIUM AND RIVER MUSEUM – KAQUARIUM” and was co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund by the European Union. The layout in the Karlovac aquarium is arranged according to the flow of a typical karst river, and it provides a detailed, interesting, educational and exciting view of the amazing fresh water world. Every visitor can get a deeper insight into the river flow from its source to the river mouth. The Aquarium represents the flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and lakes, geological past, traditional culture and history of the basins of the Karlovac’s four rivers – the Korana, the Kupa, the Mrežnica and the Dobra. Aquatika - Freshwater aquarium Karlovac is located on the right bank of the river Korana which flows from the Plitvice lakes. The Korana flows into the Kupa in Karlovac, the Kupa flows into the Sava, the Sava into the Danube, and the Danube into the Black Sea. Except the Black Sea or the Danube basin flow, some of our rivers flow into the Adriatic Sea and, therefore, belong to the Adriatic basin. Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac represents fresh water fish and plants of Croatia, and their habitats. The whole idea is based on the division of a river course; into the upper stream, middle flow and lower stream. In the cave system, endemic species of fish, mostly connected to karst and underground habitats are shown. In 25 aquarium pools we have more than a 100 freshwater fish species, out of which 20 are endemic. Recirculation system that the water in Aquatika flows through, is the most advanced computerised technological system of modern aquariums. It is actually a copy of a natural water cycle as the main prerequisite for life. The largest aquarium contains migratory species which originate from the age of dinosaurs and the majority of them are considered to be extinct in Croatia. Still waters are represented by ponds and swamps which abound with different plant and animal life.

After the still water aquarium, there is the one containing foreign fish species with mostly invasive types which jeopardize our domestic species. The final aquarium shows the karst phenomenon of creating travertine waterfalls and the importance of their preservation. The laboratory and complementary facilities contain modern and computerized aquarium technology. We also offer a multi-function congress hall, educational hall, research library, gift shop, cafe bar, central square and playgrounds for children. Aquatika is an attraction in its architectural, tourist, educational and scientific sense. As a freshwater aquarium unique in this part of Europe, it has greatly enriched the tourist offer in Karlovac and Karlovac county.

Margarita Maruškić Kulaš Director of the Public Institution AQUATIKA-FRESHWATER AQUARIUM KARLOVAC She is an expert in the destination management, with 20 years of previous work experience in the DMC companies in the logistics, product development and event management. 17 17


The Green Key we protect our environment with overnights The Green Key offers a system of excellence for the catering industry (food and accommodation), based on the provision of standards in the field of environmental accountability and sustainable functioning. For users of catering and accommodation services, the Green key guarantee is that they consciously help protect our environment by choosing them. This prestigious environmental code represents the commitment of undertakings to adhere to the strict code of the international Environment of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Today, the FEE has administrative rights in the program Green key in more than 56 countries worldwide. In Slovenia he is responsible and also empowered to implement this program DOVES-FEE (Environmental Education Society). The Green key first and foremost promotes awareness of environmental and sustainable issues in the tourism industry and aims to create behavioral changes between guests, staff and suppliers around the world. We also pay special attention to the notification of visitors/guests about the environment-friendly measures adopted by the chosen installation or food plant. Such information is available to guests and also local staff to be trained for the best environment-friendly order. The Green key is constantly looking for new and sustainable modes of action and support technology to reduce the general use of energy, water and waste.

Why is the green key important in the tourism industry?

• Since the answer is growing expectations of the guests that the tourist plant is actively involved in responsible and sustainable business. • Whereas it offers concrete assistance to tourist establishments to effectively organise and constantly improve their sustainable business. • Whereas it is a verified and effective tool that contributes to reducing resource consumption and significantly reducing the cost of business. • Whereas the concern for the sustainable operation of the tourist establishment is recognised by independent and non-profit organisations such as the foundation fee and in Slovenia the Doves Association – FEE Slovenia.

The criteria of the programme are adapted to individual types of establishments: 1. Hotels and accommodation 2. Conference centres 3. Campsites and Holiday Parks 4.Tourist attractions 5. Small rooms (b & B), Organic Farms 6. Restaurants In individual establishments, the criteria are divided into the following categories: 1. Environmental management 2. Energy 3. Staff Awareness 4. Dishes and beverages 5. Information of the guests 6. Air Conditioning 7. Water Management 8. Park and parking areas 9. Laundry and cleaning 10. Environmental activities 11. Waste 12. Management Approach/procedure for application of the programme and obtaining a certificate Green key: • The interested establishment shall contact the national coordination; • Then send a completed and signed application form, a completed list of criteria and attached mandatory documents and pay an annual fee; • The national Coordinator shall carry out a control check; • The status report of the establishment and the application (application form and the completed list of criteria) shall be submitted to the National Commission which approves or rejects the application; • When the application is approved, the establishment shall receive an external plaque placed at the entrance to the establishment and a certificate placed in a prominent place in the establishment, preferably to the reception; • The Green Key certificate is valid for one year and must be renewed every year (this is to encourage owners to constants improve the situation – guidelines!); • The inspection shall be carried out in the establishment first and second year, then every third year. Information on the criteria of the programme Green key and the application process: Društvo DOVES – FEE Slovenija: www.drustvo-doves.si; www.zelenikljuc.si

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Aquaculture Aquaculture is probably the fastest growing food-producing sector and now accounts for 50 percent of the world’s fish that is used for food. Aquatic animals has much lower water footprint and CO2 footprint compared to terestic animals, mostly because of lower FCR (feed conversion ratio) and higher slaughter yields. Aquaculture is probably the most important food-producing sector in the future, from economical and nature preservation aspects. Further growth in aquaculture is limited in conventional farming systems, which are dependent only on natural water resources; that is why is the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) development crucial. In RAS are the optimal water parameters for aquatic animal controlled in closed system, with several technical solutions related to water purification, sterilization, oxygenation, monitoring, etc. RAS operate by filtering water from the fish (or other aquatic animals) tanks so it can be reused within the tank. This dramatically reduces the amount of water and space required to intensively produce seafood products. RAS engineering require multidisciplinary approach, it requires knowledge about: breeding aquatic animals, water purification, monitoring, construction engineering, etc. Optimization and harmonization of all disciplines in one closed system is very complex, at the same time essential to enable sustainable operation from economic, environmental and other aspects.

G2O d.o.o. is a modern family-owned company with 35year tradition in the field of aquaculture. The founders of the company are Ninoslav and Danijel Gospic, who grew up next to a fish farm where they still live today. Due to the lack of natural resources on the family owned carp farm (only 2.0 ha of water surface and a small source of water which dries up in the summer months), the company from early beginnings had modern, innovative approach in aquaculture, with own technological solutions. Today, G2O d.o.o. company owns 2 modern farms, recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) for salmonids and modern carp farm including innovative RAS system. In terms of capacity, energy consumption and quality of the final product, the solutions are at the top of world aquaculture. The need for fresh water is reduced about 30 times compared to conventional fish farms in the region. G2O d.o.o. develop technologies on own farms, and offer technological solutions and know-how to other farmers. Unlike most other companies that design and sell fish farming technology, G2O develops technologies in own farms. Proven concepts enabled implementation of own technologies worldwide, especially in the regions where is water availability limited, and at the same time need for aquaculture growth is significant. Recently, G2O d.o.o. became a partner in Iranian state program, which has an aim to increase aquaculture production with water preservation aspect.

Danijel Gospic (born 1977, Stockholm), finished Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb, and the scientific postgraduate study of biomedicine in Ljubljana. After six years of working for the pharmaceutical company Servier, in 2010 Daniel Gospic left the pharmaceutical industry and decided to work professionally in the fish farming industry, running own farms and designing fish farms for intensive aquaculture. He is the president of the Slovenian aquaculture association since 2008. and co-owner (with his brother) of company G2O d.o.o. Since 2018 Danijel is president of Aquaculture development committee of Slovenia. 19 19


is one of the world’s leading suppliers of pumps, valves and related systems. KSB combines innovative technology and excellent service to provide intelligent solutions. This approach means that KSB employees are close to customers on all continents, providing them with pumps, valves and systems for almost all applications involving the transportation of liquids. A comprehensive range of services rounds off this customer-focused portfolio. KSB has been growing continuously since it was founded in 1871. Today the Group has a presence on all continents with its own sales and marketing companies, manufacturing facilities and service operations. More than 15,600 employees generate annual consolidated sales revenue of two billion euros. KSB WORLDWIDE With production plants, sales offices and agents in more than 100 countries, KSB is close to its customers throughout the world. Direct contact with local KSB specialists makes it easier for companies to implement their projects quickly, flexibly and at a high level of quality.

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Damijan Volf Director of sales KSB pumps and valves Ltd, Ljubljana, Slovenia Damijan.volf@ksb.com


With the development of the industry and in the desire for maximum profits, propaganda played an important role in changing people’s awareness. What is useful and what is harmful. Over time, consumers have accepted the idea that chemical products are more efficient and easier to use than natural products. Today, we notice changes in the environment and we are increasingly aware that by massive use of chemical products, we have greatly endangered our eco-system, water resources, animals, plants and ourselves. There is fear, what will we leave to our children. Nature dwells in plastic products that will not decay for many years. In the sweet and salty waters of our planet, plastic is decomposed into microelements. Through contaminated water, plastic becomes part of our body. Our goal is to stop this crazy process that leads to the decay of life on earth. That is why, three years ago in Slovenia, we established EKOVEK, a representative of BIOLU detergents, cleaners and cosmetics. The purpose and basic philosophy of EKOVEK is to provide clean water, nature and health. Products are made from vegetable, organic ingredients, vegan, free of phosphates, dyes, silicones, synthetic fragrances, and are free of parabens. Their composition does not pollute water resources because they contain surfactants that are readily biodegradable. They are rapidly degraded in water, unlike chemical products containing non-degradable petrochemical derivatives and other chemical substances.

The offer of our products has another advantage over other organic products. We allow the user to refill the packaging. Therefore, the next charge is significantly more favorable and ecologically more rational. When filling, we do not use machines, but we do it manually. In this way, we influence the reduction of energy consumption in production and transport, and the reduction of micro plasticity in water. BIOL products have already become an integral part of the sales range of eco stores with which we cooperate. We regularly visit our partners on the market, organize information days and workshops. In workshops, we practice filling in practice, and thus encourage changes in consumers’ thinking. More and more people are choosing to refill bottles and are proud that they can also contribute to preserving natural resources. We note that the demand of new potential partners and customers is increasing. We are practically present throughout Slovenia. We have already made a step towards Croatia because our products are also present in Rijeka. We are happy for every individual who decides to refill the packaging and thus contribute to our goal. From the beginning of our work, we are focused on partnership, nature, health and clean water. We can influence the changing mindset of Slovenian consumers. JOIN US!

Blanka Trtnik s.p. EKOVEK Slovenija info@ekovek.si

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Otri ZT, d.o.o. The Otri Company was established in 2013 with a clear mission to develop and offer high quality, economical, environmentally and human-friendly solutions for hygienic maintenance with enriched oxygen (ozone). Cleaning and disinfection with enriched oxygen (ozone), meets all requirements of sustainable development. With ecological solutions of using ozone, we want to contribute to the environmental protection in a comprehensive manner, especially from the point of view of water pollution. Ozone is unstable molecule of three oxygen atoms, where one atom strives to secrete for oxidation with another element. This way strong cleaning and disinfection effects are achieved with natural oxidation process, which reduces the consumption of environmentally unfriendly and harmful chemicals. Ozone operates at low temperatures, so all of ozone technology solutions indirectly affect the environmental protection from the point of view of energy production. As it´s known, the acquisition of

energy is a major polluter of the environmental and ground water by itself. The first program, which the Otri Company offered and has already successfully applied to the market, is laundry washing in big professional laundries. Ozone laundry technology requires washing with cold water, reduces water consumption by up to 25%, reduces consumption of environmentally unfriendly detergents, and eliminates pollution costs, with the final effects of exceeding all the expected and required criteria for visual washing effects. An added bonus is in the dramatic reduction of the final microbiological content of the washed laundry to support disease control. The Otri Company has already successfully developed and is offering cleaning and disinfection solutions of discharged municipal water, cleaning and refining solutions for oxygenizing water in fish farms pools, and the cleaning of water in wells or fountains, where chlorine had been used up to now.

Milena Vatovec, dipl. UN ekon. Co-founder and co-owner of the Otri Company. In charge of commercial and technological solutions. She has successfully transposed the experiences she has gained with her past work as the custodian of key customers and technologist in the field of hygiene maintenance in various companies, into the field of introducing new technological solutions with ozone to the market.

Božidar Plavčak, innovator

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Co-founder and co-owner of Otri Company. In charge of innovative solutions in the application of ozone technologies in practice. Many years of experiences in the field of washing and electrical installations help him to successfully upgrade his knowledge in practice in the development of technical solutions for ozone technological processes.


Servis vodomerov; Boštjan Podrepšek, s.p., iz Štor je podjetje s 23-letno tradicijo na področju servisiranja in dobave vodomerov.

V našem servisu obnavljamo vse tipe vodomerov v dimenzijskem opsegu od 1/2” do DN 150. Imamo najsodobnejše računalniško krmiljene merilne linije, ki nam omogočajo hitro in kakovostno opravljanje dela. Letno servisiramo in overimo okoli 15.000 meril različnih dimenzij. Servis vodomerov Boštjan Podrepšek, s.p. Obtniška cesta 6 3220 Štore

T: 03 781 03 30 F: 03 781 03 30 GSM: 041/040 644 131 e-mail: svp@siol.net W: www.svp.si

S pomočjo Slovenske akreditacije smo postali tehnično in strokovno usposobljeni za izvajanje in opravljanje kontrole. Stanje veljavnosti akreditacije najdemo na straneh Slovenske akreditacije pod številko K051. Naše podjetje, Servis vodomerov Boštjan Podrepšek, s.p., izvaja postopke ugotavljanja skladnosti in overitev skladno z Odločbo o imenovanju pod identifikacijsko številko »MIRS ID 389« Merilna linija za prirobnične vodomere.

V servis so zajeta naslednja opravila: • • • •

prevzem in dostava vodomerov pri naročniku, demontaža mehanizma in grobo čišćenje, fino čišćenje (peskanje), po dogovoru tudi barvanje, vgraditev mehanizma SENSUS, ELSTER ali po vaši izbiri z vsemi potrebnimi novimi tesnili, steklom, regulirnim vijakom in filtrom,

• umerjanje in overjanje vodomerov, • rok dobave 0 do 5 dni, odvisno od naročene količine po dimenzijah, • na opravljeno storitev in vgrajene nadomestne dele dajemo enoletno garancijo.

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