Meetings during NOAH project

Since the end of February, within the framework of the NOAH project, RTU scientists Jānis Rubulis, Maris Kaļinka, Marta Zemīte, Gints Dakša and Valts Urbanovičs have several meetings in partner organizations – Jūrmala Water Ltd and Liepaja “Komunālajā pārvaldē”.
During the meetings were discussed about the NOAH pilot areas and there located stormwater infrastructure. On the meeting agendas were the issues related to data collection from pilot areas.
One of the pilot areas in Jurmala is the catchment area of Miera Street in Dzintari, but also pilot areas in Kauguri and Pumpuri are planned. In Liepaja, the pilot area was selected in the catchment area of Tebras Street.

iWatermap project partners meeting in Heraklion (Region of Crete, Greece)

On 9 and 10 April, a meeting of iWatermap project partners took place in the Heraklion (Region of Crete, Greece).
Dāvids Štēbelis from Water Research Laboratory presented a summary of activities carried out in recent months. This included conclusions about the actors (prospects and leads) in the water industry that fit into the Triple Helix model developed by Henry Etzkowitz researcher from Stanford University.

The Triple Helix model describes the interaction between Academia, Industry, and Government to promote economic and social development.
David sketched out the key challenges for Academia-Industry; Academia -Government and Industry -Government relations.
The meeting was also attended by Jānis Rubulis senior researcher from the Water Research Laboratory; Marika Laudere and Ronalds Štrauhs representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as Gints Pērkons, Executive Director of the Latvian water and wastewater works association, and Marita Stradere, Deputy Director of education and research at Mechanics and Technology College of Olaine.

NOAH 1st Progress Meeting in Pori, Finland

On 20-21.03., the partners of the NOAH project met at the progress meeting at SAMK (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences) in Pori, Finland. The wholel project aims to protect the Baltic sea and reduce climat change, which are currently a global problem. It was a great oportunity to our colleagues to take a part in workshops, visit Pori pilots and meet face-to-face all partners from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Finland. Some of workshop topics were “Build-up of Extreme Weather Layer”, “Water quality sampling and analysis” and “Real time control”.

More about NOAH project You can see in their home page and more photos from the 1st Progress meeting in their Facebook page .

Next NOAH progress meeting will start on 09/2019.

iWatermap experts participation in Cleantech Latvia General Meeting

On January 31, RTU iWatermap (https://www.interregeurope.eu/iwatermap/) experts Jānis Rubulis and Dāvids Štēbelis where involved in Cleantech Latvia General Meeting of Members. David presented some of the most important observations from the company interviews conducted in the iWatermap project and presented publicly available funding for collaboration with universities in the near future.

RTU experts together with RTU Design Factory (http://rtudf.rtu.lv/) Project Manager Liene Briede did presentations about iWatermap project concept, financial opportunities for Industry – Academia cooperation.

After the main event participants look around premises of RTU Design Factory and were introduced with technical opportunities and prototypes build for water industry.

Partner meeting in IIT Delhi

From 02.12.2018. to 08.12.2018. 2nd B-LIQ Project partner meeting took place in IIT Delhi. The event was hosted by Prof. Atul Narang  and Prof. Gopal P. Agarwal from Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. During the meeting, all partners (Linda Mezule and Ieva Berzina from RTU; Timo Kikas and Vahur Rooni from EULS) discussed about the latest scientific achievements, visited IIT Delhi laboratories and agreed on future plans within B-LIQ project.

Meeting in Toila from 20 to 22 of November

From 20 to 22 of November 2018 scientists form Water Research Laboratory Kristina Tihomirova, Sandis Dejus and Tālis Juhna participated in the project BEST partner meeting that was held in Toila, Estonia.

Sandis Dejus presented the progress of WP2 regarding the assessment of the current situation in the field of industrial wastewater management which is led by the RTU.

During the second day, our team members had a great opportunity to participate in a workshop on hazardous substances, and also to visit industrial wastewater treatment plants at factories in the nearest municipalities where wastewater with high loads of hazardous substances is treated.

Next project meeting will be held in Riga!

More information about the project: BEST – Better Efficiency for Industrial Sewage Treatment 

The Latvian partners of the NOAH project met at the “warm-up” meeting

On November 26, the Latvian partners of the NOAH project met at the “warm-up” meeting. The guests were welcomed by Edgars Pārpucis and Liene Zilina, representatives of the Ogre Municipality. In the beginning, the guests were shown the current investments of the municipality in reducing the threat of flood. Participants visited the viewing area on Brivibas Street, which overlooks the part of the Ogre River where ice congestion occurs. Later we looked at the water level lats in the Ogre HPS and the new water level measuring point in Darzini Palienes Street.

Subsequently, the project participants reviewed the anticipated activities and potential readiness. Representatives of two commercial companies were invited to the meeting, who could potentially submit tenders for level measurement equipment within the project.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Liepaja Communal Administration, Jurmala Water Ltd. representatives, SIA LĢMC and RTU members under the leadership of Janis Rubulis.

NOAH project will start in 01.01.2019.

Latvian Water Supply and Sewerage Enterprises Board meeting at the Water Research Laboratory

On November 8, the Water Research Laboratory welcomed Association of Latvian Water Supply and Sewerage Enterprises (LŪKA) Board meeting in its premises. The audience was welcomed by Juhna Talis, Director of the Laboratory, and performed with  a presentation by leading researcher Rubulis Janis. The participants were informed and discussed about risk analysis in the context of Water Safety Plans. Also, the audience were introduced to the activities of the iWatermap project and Janis made a small express-survey by finding out that the problem of sewage sludge present appears to be the most important national scale, and this problem needs to be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach. As the next major challenges are mentioned drinking water accounting and billing issues related to building and apartment counters, as well as embalming of drinking water in centralized water supply systems.

The participants also learned about the activities of the NOAH project.

Visit to Riga Center Humanitarian Secondary school

On October 11, Sandis Dejus, Researcher of the Water Research Laboratory, visited the Riga Center Humanitarian Secondary School, where he gave an insight into the drinking water world and responsible drinking water habits to 5th grade pupils, as well as by means of demonstrations, dispelled myths about the quality and use of water in Latvia in the “tap” safety. Pupils were also introduced to the correct and safe conditions for tap water use, for example, do not drink water directly from the tap, but use cups for thirst quenching.

Visit to Cesis City Boarding School

On October 10, Sandis Dejus, a researcher of the Water Research Laboratory, in cooperation with the Latvian Water Supply and Sewerage Association and the initiative group # Ūvitamin, visited the Cēsis City Boarding School. The visit and the lesson “Water – Our Friend” were one of the benefits the school students had taken care of because they successfully participated in the video contest organized by the Latvian water supply and sewage company on the importance of water.

During the event, pupils in grades 5 and 6 were introduced to the role of water in human life and the circulation of water in nature, as well explained how to use drinking water smartly and responsibly. In the lecture, students also had the opportunity to experimentally test the water turbidity parameter and to demonstrate the compliance of the tap water with the requirements of the safety and quality of drinking water. The obtained results contributed to the idea of tap water use under the minimum conditions, for example, not to drink water directly from the tap, but to use a cups for thirst quenching.