Dear Young Water Professionals and Friends,
On behalf of Riga Technical University, I welcome 12th IWA Eastern European Young Water Professionals Conference in Riga, Latvia. We are pleased that RTU is privileged to host the young water scientists for the first time in our country, thus promoting knowledge about water and the environment in the region. We also are eager to show our country achievements in science and education as well as our rich culture and history.
In fact, Latvia has long roots in water management. The first water supply system in Riga was built as early as in the 17th century when the city was one of the leading trading centres in the Baltic Sea region. The long traditions in taking good care of our natural resources including water have probably been one of the reasons why “green living” is practiced by many Latvians nowadays.
Latvia is rich in water resources. Groundwater aquifers alone are sufficient to provide a sustainable water supply for the country. However, we also face some problems such as aging of drinking water supply infrastructure, thus water quality deterioration in distribution networks and risks with emerging substance in wastewaters. Climate change with increasing frequency of floods is another challenge for water management in cities.
The water research community in Latvia is very active locally and internationally. They work with water companies to solve their practical problems but also are engaged in many international research projects, such as industrial wastewater treatment around the Baltics sea.
Our university has always valued cooperation because it allows science to create more impact. So, I am sure by bringing together young scientists at an early stage at this conference will provide new avenues for working together in future.