GOALS

The project goals are:

  • increase water availability in the metropolitan area of the city of Alexandroupolis
  • promote sustainable water use in urban environment by engaging authorities & stakeholders
  • educate students & teachers
  • raise public awareness on the urban water cycle and efficient water use

Each pillar can be tailored to respond to the specific needs of any city.

The project also aims to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships among public authorities, private entities and non-profit organizations. It also aims, to introduce a new water culture promoting sustainable resource management and green-blue infrastructure, green employment and local knowledge.

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The project
consists of
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main pillars
PILLARS

Enhancing the capacity of authorities and relevant stakeholders as well as engaging citizens and communities is imperative for improving urban water management and ensuring sustainability of cities across the globe.

1 - WORKS
  • Infrastructure optimisation
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2 - EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Development of educational material, Ιmplementation of hands on activities in schools & teacher training workshops
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3 - CAPACITY BUILDING & STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
  • Role playing serious game on urban water management & Τargeted workshops
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4 - AWARENESS RAISING & COMMUNICATION
  • Awareness raising campaign on water saving & green/blue infrastructure towards more sustainable and livable cities
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Alexandroupolis

The city of Alexandroupolis and the six neighboring settlements with a total population of 85,000, are supplied with water mainly from the Dipotamos Dam (capacity 12 billion liters) and underground aquifers. The underground water sources have been overexploited and become salinized, thus the dam reservoir is the main water source for the area.

The dam operates since 2005 and is overspilling in the winter, resulting in an estimated water loss of 35 billion L per year. A technical intervention with adding a 1.60m free-standing gates system would increase the water capacity of the reservoir by about 14%, which translates in 1,7billion L per year. Providing this additional water for urban uses is the principal goal of the project. When the work is fully implemented, it will constitute an intervention aimed at optimising existing infrastructure offering significant socioeconomic benefits for Thrace.

The “Water for the City” activities in the metropolitan area of Alexandroupolis are briefly described below.

INCREASING THE USABLE WATER CAPACITY OF THE RESERVOIR BY 14%, WHICH IS TRANSLATED IN 1,7BILLION L PER YEAR IS THE PRINCIPAL GOAL!
Alexandroupoli
1 - WORKS
  • Augmentation of reservoir capacity by about 1.7 million cubic meters (14%) annually, for the Alexandroupolis metropolitan area
  • Optimisation of existing large-scale water infrastructure with innovative and reliable technology of free standing gates
1 technical aspects
2 - EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Development of online educational material for local students and teachers ( www.water-polis.gr )
  • Implementation of teacher training seminars
  • Collaboration with Primary and Secondary Education schools
2 educational activities
3 - CAPACITY BUILDING &
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
  • Development of a serious role-playing board game on urban water management
  • Capacity building amongst selected stakeholders and local authorities in targeted workshops
  • Stakeholder engagement
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4 - AWARENESS RAISING &
COMMUNICATION
  • Development of website, informational material, and animated video(s), and publicity material
  • Awareness raising campaign on water saving, green-blue infrastructure and the impact of the project’s activities
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