AQUAWAL was created on 12 December 2002
as a result of the merger of the non-profit-making association
AQUAWAL (Walloon Regional Water Association) and the SOWE
company (Company of Walloon Water Operators).
This merger forms an integral and obvious part of the
Walloon government’s policy to rationalise and restructure
the Walloon water industry.
The AQUAWAL company has taken over the activities and
partnerships of the two components Asbl AQUAWAL and S.A.
SOWE, and henceforth provides a means of intensifying
co-operation between the Operators - while facilitating
an integrated management of the entire water cycle.
The AQUAWAL company brings together the main water producer-suppliers
with all the waste water and sewage treatment operators
In the water production-supply sector it has 23 affiliates
whose activities cover over 95% of water connections in
In the waste water and sewage treatment sector it brings
together all eight agencies operating in this sector in
AQUAWAL’s objectives are multiple:
- To provide a co-ordinating body, and a forum for discussion,
information and agreement for the producers and suppliers
of water, and those treating waste water and sewage in
the Region of Wallonia, and to represent them in different
regional, national and international fora. (this is not
on the latest website???)
- Through its different Technical Committees (“Waste
and Sewage Treatment”, “Supply”, “Collection,
Production and Quality of Water”, “Public
Relations”, etc.) AQUAWAL deals with all current
issues and provides a permanent forum for professionals
and experts from the Walloon water sector.
AQUAWAL also has an active communications and awareness-building
policy towards the general public. This policy is carried
out in co-operation with the regional authorities through
a range of initiatives such as the promotion of Walloon
Water Days, the forthcoming development of the “Blue
Line” a telephone water information service for
the public, and the “School Drinking Water Fountains”
AQUAWAL is an active partner in NITRAWAL within the context
of the development of the Walloon Regional Programme for
Sustainable Management of Agricultural Nitrates. This
programme seeks to prevent water pollution from agricultural
nitrates as specified in the European Nitrates Directive.