The core activities of the almost 150-year-old Fővárosi Vízművek Plc. (Budapest Waterworks) include potable water treatment, potable water production, pipe network operation and potable water services, as well as sewage treatment and the related services, activities which are supported by world standard technologies. The design and construction knowledge based on operational experience and extensive practice gained in this field are indispensable for helping to develop and operate the sizeable water utility assets they manage in the long term, thus satisfying even the highest expectations; and to reconstruct them to meet the expected level of efficiency.
The almost 170-year-old Budapest Sewage Works Pte Ltd. (BSW Pte Ltd.) is the largest environmental service provider in Hungary. In Budapest, the capital with a population of 1.7 million inhabitants, the company operates a network of more than 6,000 km, 191 pumping stations, two wastewater treatment plants and, in case of floods, it is also responsible for flood protection works along an approximately 90 km long embankment section of the River Danube.
The Hungarian Water Cluster was established in 2008 to collect Hungarian companies from different fields of the water industry in order to unite their expertise, knowledge, capacity and vitality, as well as to offer complex solutions in water issues to potential international partners.
The research and development project implemented by the National Adaptation Centre, a division within the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, was completed in early 2016, resulting in the establishment of the National Adaptation and Geo-information System, abbreviated to NAGiS.
The Hungarian Chamber of Engineers is a professional public body established by the 19 independent county chambers of engineers under Act No. LVIII of 1996 on the Professional Chambers of Engineers and Architects. It has 20 professional sections which can have sub-divisions at the county level. Members are also members of the county chamber of their home, and based on their respective qualifications and interests, are members of the professional section(s) too. Altogether, the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers has almost 19,000 full members and has another 13,000 affiliated registered professionals.
In an organised system of water supply infrastructure, it is a fundamental requirement that it should not only make water available, it should deliver safe and healthy drinking water of suitable quality to households. From time to time, the issue of drinking water quality is raised in Hungary, too. In Hungary, the regulation of drinking water quality is perfectly compliant with all EU regulations. The drinking water network and the water itself are tested regularly by both the service provider and the authority in charge of the sector.
The Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research has been providing energy and water consultancy and professional further training courses, and conducting research since 2004. Most of the staff at REKK have backgrounds in economics, several of them are lecturers and researchers at the Corvinus University of Budapest. A large part of the research centre’s projects are conducted in international coordination. In 2016, based on their results achieved in education and research, they created the REKK Foundation for Regional Policy Co-operation in Energy and Infrastructure, which aims to provide effective professional support for the establishment of economically and environmentally sustainable energy and infrastructure systems in Central Europe.
The Hungarian Water Utility Association organises the ÖKO AQUA conference and trade show every two years: this year’s event was attended by almost five hundred specialists. In their welcome speeches, Viktor Kurdi, the Chairman of the Association, who opened the conference, Government Commissioner Dr. Gábor Pajtók and László Habis, the mayor of Eger established a constructive and forward-looking tone for the convention which continued to characterise the entire three-day event.