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Aragonese Water Institute

Aragonese Water Institute

A brief introduction

The Aragonese Water Institute is a public entity belonging to the "Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of the Government of Aragon, whose aim is to impl. the regional powers in water issues, incl.:

  • Manage, plan and construct hydraulic infrastr. to ensure water quality for population and sanitation and treatment of wastewater.
  • Participation at national water policy
  • Instrument for citizen participation in discussing and solving water problems


So the Aragonese Water Institute is responsible of proposing the Aragonese water policies that afterwards are approved by the regional Ministry, Government and Parliament. In this sense, the role of the Aragonese Water Institute is very important as future regional water policies are born within this Institute. The Institute also holds an important role regarding civil society and social participation in water policies. It has developed important and successful awareness campaigns such as Ríos Limpios de Aragón (Clean Rivers in Aragón), >
> counting with relevant people from Aragon (singers, actors) or Ríos de Calidad (Quality Rivers) about the practical benefits that the Special Water Treatment Plan represent to citizens. Also, the Institute has enabled social particip. in creating water policies through the establishing the Water Commission: a discussion and decision making board where all water stakeholders (farmers, enterprises, NGO’s, decision-makers, scientists etc) sit down together and decide together about the design of water policies. This experience was taken into consideration for the Stockholm Prize on Water in 2006 and has been very well valued in different nat. and foreign fora.
Thanks to WATER CoRe, the Institute intends to share its good results and experiences in social awareness and social participation regarding water with other Eur. regions. It also intends to improve its own policies and working mechanisms via exp. of other regions, aiming at improving health and life quality of Aragon’s citizens.

Institution (ES): Instituto Aragonés del Agua 
Institution (EN): Aragonese Water Institute 
Address: Avda Ranillas 101
Postal code: 50018
Town: Zaragoza
Country: ES
NUTS Level 2 *: Aragón
NUTS Level 3 *: Zaragoza
Phone (office): +34 976 71 66 55
Fax: +34 976 71 66 51

Contact person:Francisco Aranda


This project is cofinanced by the ERDF and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme


The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.