The development of a new water management system for the Iskar River in real time is underway

At a special press conference, the Water Management Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Water officially announced the launching of a project for “Development of a Water Management System in the Iskar River Basin as a First Phase of the National Real-Time Water Management System (NRTWMS)“. The project will be implemented by the Consortium “Bulgarian Basins.”

The main objective of the project is to prevent and manage the risk of floods and adverse effects on human health and the environment through the centralized collection, processing, and analysis of information in real time. The system will provide web-based monitoring of the rapidly changing characteristics of the water cycle (precipitation, snowmelt, river flow) and prognoses of the river flow in order to enable effective management decision making and a proper distribution of tasks between all public bodies involved in management and operation – MoEW, Basin Directorates, National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, National Electricity Company, Irrigation Systems Company, district and municipal administrations, etc. – in periods of both high water levels and drought. This would greatly enhance the awareness and readiness of more than 1,300,000 people living in the four identified areas with significant flood risks part of the Iskar River basin.

The press conference was held with the increased interest of the municipalities and regional administrations on which territory the main activities will be carried out. In front of more than 20 organizations, MOEW and  “Bulgarian basins” consortium presented the project, including the main objectives and tasks, as well as the expected benefits for the stakeholders.

The project will be implemented using the world leading GIS platform provided by Esri Inc. the global pioneer and leader in the sphere of geographic information systems, which is also used by NATO, UN, EC, the European Environment Agency and thousands of other organizations. The GIS component of the project system will be developed by ESRI Bulgaria, a company with more than 20 years of experience in the field of Geographic Information Systems.

The following activities will be conducted during the implementation of the project: review, evaluation and proposal for optimization of the existing water monitoring systems in the Iskar river basin; development, presentation and coordination of a common concept for the real-time water management in the Republic of Bulgaria; development, performance and coordination of a project for development and implementation of a system for water management in the basin of the river Iskar based on the general concept of the National System for Water Management in real time; development, promotion and coordination of technical project for the construction and implementation of the System for Water Management in the basin of the river Iskar, in accordance with the preliminary design for the System for Water Management in the basin of the river Iskar; as well as the development and implementation of the Water Management System in the Iskar River basin.

The project “Development of a Water Management System in the Iskar River Basin as a First Phase of the National Real-time Water Management System” is funded by Operational Program “Environment 2014-2020″ of the priority axis “Prevention and management of flood and landslide risks, as well as with EU funds through the Cohesion Fund.