During a two-day visit on 6-8 July 2015, directors and project engineers of the Albanian water management company, UKT met with the representatives of their Italian counterparts Idrostudi and BM Tecnologie in Trieste and Padua respectively, in the framework of the project “Water supply, sewerage networks, and future city development: Theoretical update and on-the-job training of the UKT staff members in view of the Territorial Reform”.

The Project mainly aims at training a working group made up of technicians of Tirana Water Supply and Sewerage (UKT) in order to allow them to acquire the necessary skills for an urgent rehabilitation of the aqueduct in the Albanian capital. 

The meeting witnessed a fruitful exchange of views between the know-how providers and the UKT staff on the management and rehabilitation of the water supply networks with specific reference to the Tirana aqueduct case. The site visit of the ongoing activity of water loss detection and network management in Trieste gave the UKT staff the chance to examine the application of the management methodology based on the DMAs adopted by Idrostudi, introduced in the first part of the workshop. 

Emphasis was also given to the production instruments and the technical explanation of the devices for metering and control by BM Tecnologie Industriali. The meeting provided suggestions for UKT everyday activities in the management of the water supply network of Tirana and allowed for a closer cooperation between the project partners.

The Project is co-financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD (contributed by Italy) in the framework of the CEI Know-How Exchange Programme (KEP) with 21.000 EUR, out of the total project cost of 73.000 EUR. The Italian companies Idrostudi srl and BM Tecnologie Industriali serve as Know-How providing institutions, while UKT is the project Beneficiary.
Launched in 2004, the CEI Know‐how Exchange Programme (KEP) is a development instrument supporting projects focused on the transfer of know-how and best practices from EU to non-EU CEI Member States. The rationale of the programme is based on the assumption that the economic development in non‐EU countries can be strengthened through the transfer of best practices and benchmarks already in place in more advanced economies.