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Water management plans in a nutshell

As part of the IIaPGW project, we have prepared a brochure, in an English version, which contains all the most important information regarding the river basin water management plans in our country. It is a source of knowledge which describes, in an accessible manner, what sustainable water management is, what good water condition means, and what needs to be done to achieve it. We do encourage...

The role of local governments in activities aimed at improving the state of waters in the country

In the times of changing climate, the good condition of the environment, including water, guarantees sustainable development and the safety of using resources, including water. The problem of drinking water shortage and its rationing in the summer period is becoming a problematic, everyday reality. Therefore, the protection of water resources, including groundwater - natural reservoirs of...

Hydroportal - acquiring information about the waters has never been easier!

Would you like to purchase a property and check if it will not be flooded? Would you like to know for sure which unit of Polish Waters to send the document to? Are you interested to know in which body of water the plot is located? Would you like to know what are the limitations in achieving environment protection goals for your investment? The answers to the above questions - and not only - are...

On Earth Day about a new look at the tap water - for the health of people and the environment

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, on which we remind you how fragile the ecosystem of our planet is and how important it is to care for its resources, including water. The Drinking Water Directive introduces new requirements for the Member States of the European Union regarding the quality of the water in the water supply network through which it reaches our homes. Thanks to investments for...

Have your say on water! IIaPGW consultations are about to start

The Minister of Infrastructure and the President of the National Water Management Authority (PGW WP) invite you to participate in semi-annual public consultations concerning updating the water management plans in the river basin areas -IIaPGW. It is the most significant stage of a project carried out by the National Water Management Authority as well as an opportunity for everyone to have an...

Let's save water not just on special occasions.

Water Purity Week is a perfect occasion to remind ourselves of the problem of water contamination and encourage people to protect waters. Every one of us can have an impact on the condition and quality of water resources, bearing in mind that the quantity of water is limited. Human activity, having an impact on the level of environmental pollution and climate change result in the fact that our...

Launch of Six-Month Public Consultations on the 2nd Update of the Water Management Plan for the International Oder River Basin District 23 March 2021

The Oder River basin connects Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, whose governments coordinate the water policies in this district. The ongoing public consultations on the 2nd update of the Water Management Plan for the International Oder River Basin District is a culmination of months-long work and working meetings attended by representatives of Polish Waters.

Appreciate water! Renaturation is a remedy for nature

Water is the source of life and  the engine of all world economies. Lack of access to water led to  the collapse of civilization in the past. It is  becoming a scarce commodity in times of climate change, and the perspective of an impending climate crisis requires that adequate water quantity and quality must be ensured for future generations. The activities of National Water Management...

Restoration of ecosystems degraded by the exploitation of water resources – cooperation in support of water and climate

Projects related to the recovery of ecosystems degraded by the exploitation of water resources are a way to cope with the negative effects of climate change through measures aimed at improving the condition of the environment, including water systems. Collaboration at the governmental, self-governmental and civic level is key to achieving tangible results. The National Water Management...

World Wetlands Day and the 50th anniversary of signing the Convention on Wetlands and wetlands in the national water management

Wetlands are a natural reservoir of drinking water on Earth. In addition to their retentiveness, they form unique natural habitats, are the home ground of wild fauna and flora and also perform landscape functions. The National Water Management Authority (PGW WP), as the largest national entity managing waters owned by the State Treasury, manages the waters in a sustainable way, also taking into...

Paweł Rusiecki the new Deputy President of National Water Management Authority (PGW WP) for Water Environment Management

On 14 January 2021 Paweł Rusiecki has been appointed by the Minister of Infrastructure to the position of Deputy President of National Water Management Authority (PGW WP) for Water Environment Management.

World Soil Day

We have been celebrating World Soil Day on 5 December since 2002. It was established by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). Since 2012, the celebrations have been organized by FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), while in 2013 a resolution establishing the World Soil Day was adopted by the General Assembly of the...

Water management in the face of climate change

In our climatic zone, the amount of available water is largely affected by snowfall. It constitutes 15% to 20% of the annual rainfall and occurs from November to April. Unfortunately, a systematic increase in air temperature has been recorded in Poland since 1989. Such a tendency largely contributes to warmer winters that lack snow, which results in significantly reducing water resources.

World Rivers Day

This year, on September 27, we are celebrating the World Rivers Day for the fifteenth time. This celebration was established in 2005 by the United Nations Organization, which proclaimed the International "Water for Life" Decade in order to raise awareness of the need to protect the world's water resources.

Summary of public consultations Draft review of significant water management problems for river basin districts

Public consultations concerning the draft document entitled "Project Review of Important Water Management Problems for River Basin Districts" announced by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation in cooperation with Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie (Polish Waters National Water Management), which lasted half a year, ended on June 18, 2020.

On August 14, 2020 the offices of PGW WP will be closed

We inform all customers that on August 14, 2020, the offices of Wody Polskie (Polish Waters) will be closed. Relevant information has also been posted at the entrance to the building of each unit of Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie (Polish Waters National Water Management).

Analyse of anthropogenic pressures along with the assessment of their impact on the condition of surface waters

The Water Framework Directive enforces on EU Member States, inter alia, to periodically (every 6 years) review the impact of human activities on the status of surface and groundwaters. The idea is to identify the sources of pressures and their impact and effect on the waters.

Summary of webinar concerning the Project Review of significant water management issues

On June 10, 2020, a webinar was held as part of the public consultation of the Project Review of significant water management issues, which was attended by nearly 200 people.

World Fisheries Day

On 27 June, we celebrate World Fisheries Day. The day, which was established in 1984 by the World Conference on Fisheries, is an excellent opportunity to pay special attention to sustainable fishing.

STOP DROUGHT! World Anti-Desertification and Drought Day.

On June 17, we celebrate World Anti-Desertification and Drought Day. The purpose of the celebrations is to draw attention to ways to prevent these phenomena.

The International Day for Biological Diversity

The holiday, celebrated around the world on May 22, was established by the UN General Assembly exactly 20 years ago. The proclaimed resolution commemorated the 1992 Nairobi conference at which the effects of work on an international agreement in the field of biodiversity protection were presented.

The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation along with the "Wody Polskie" National Water Holding hereby invite you to participate in a webinar as part of public consultation Project review of significant problems of water management

Currently, half-year public consultations are in progress regarding the draft document entitled 'Review of significant problems of water management for river basins', announced by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, in cooperation with the "Wody Polskie" National Water Holding, which is scheduled to end on 18 June 2020.

Manual of good practices for surface water renaturalization

On 28.02.2020, the task entitled "Development of the national surface water renaturation program" was completed, commissioned by Wody Polskie State Water Holding.

Programs that support small retention

Currently, three national programs have been launched to support small retention in rural and urban areas. We clarify to whom they are intended and which of them involve the possibility of obtaining funding.

World Earth Day

Earth Day was established fifty years ago. It is celebrated every year on April 22. It has become the world's largest civic event related to concern for the environment. It reminds us that we only have one planet and we need to care for it every day.

Water safety during the coronavirus pandemic

The consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic are felt worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the latest safety guidelines concerning drinking water in the context of its possible contamination with the coronavirus. According to the WHO, there is no evidence for the SARS-Cov-2 virus surviving in drinking water, and the process of water disinfection ensures rapid...

Agricultural Irrigation Program

Polish Waters together with the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, local governments and water companies gathering farmers, have developed a pilot program for shaping water resources in agricultural areas.

World Water Day

On March 22, we celebrated the World Water Day, which was established by the UN General Assembly by resolution of December 22, 1992. This year's World Water Day celebrations focused on water issues in the context of climate change.

World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day - the anniversary of the adoption in 1971 of the Convention on the Protection of Wetlands, or the Ramsar Convention (from the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the meeting took place). Wetlands - the border between land and water - are key ecosystems for the protection of hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species, as well as some of the most important...

On-merits workshops carried out within the order titled "Development of the national surface water renaturization program"

On January 9, on-merits workshops took place in Warsaw, and their aim was to present the work carried out at this stage as part of the development of the National Surface Water Renaturation Program (KPRWP), in particular the analyzes and conclusions from the prioritization of areas for river, lake, coastal and transitional water renaturation presentation of the results of pilot studies. The...

20 years of the Helsinki Convention in Poland

17th January 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of entering into force of the new Convention on the protection of marine environment of the Baltic Sea region - the Helsinki Convention - in Poland.

The public consultations on the project of the review of significant water management problems are underway

A good condition of the aquatic environment can be achieved if the causes of its degradation are properly identified. This opportunity is possible thanks to public consultations concerning the project of reviewing significant water management problems, that have just started.

Invitation to participate in on-merits workshops on renaturization

Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie - Krajowy Zarząd Gospodarki Wodnej and Multiconsult Polska sp. z o.o. invite you to participate in on-merits workshops carried out within the order entitled "Development of the national surface water renaturization program"

Over PLN 117 million for the Oder river

The modernization of 341 spurs on the Oder river will begin shortly. The construction works will be performed with the application of environmentally friendly, natural materials. Owing to the signed agreement, over PLN 84 million will go for the investment goals from EU funding. The entire investment will cost over PLN 117 million.

Polish Waters with new licenses

The Act amending the Water Law enters into force. The amendment allows Polish Waters to take over the ownership rights of the State Treasury over inland waterways with special transport significance. The new regulations are also to ensure stable sources of financing for Polish Waters.

National Surface Water Renaturalisation Program

The development of the national surface water renaturalisation program is one of the activities included in the update of water management plans (aPGW).

A BIG RIVER ISSUE About renaturization, or plans to improve water status

On the last Sunday of September, World River Day is celebrated. This is a great opportunity to talk about the rivers

On the EC website, translations of the evaluation of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive are available

Two decades of EU water policy and water law have brought changes. The trend of continuous deterioration of water quality has been reversed - according to the report of the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the Framework Water Directive and the Floods Directive.

Failure in the 'Czajka' sewage treatment plant

Failure of two collectors discharging sewage from the left-bank Warsaw to the "Czajka" sewage treatment plant on the right bank took place at the end of August. As a result, all the waste was discharged into the Vistula. On 14 September, the discharge of sewage was suspended, all sewage disposed of goes to the treatment plant.

We invite you to watch the "Projekt woda" show

"Projekt woda" is a cyclical Polish Television show, broadcast by the TVP3 Szczecin channel station, devoted to various aspects of water management. Each episode introduces viewers to topics related to the activities carried out by the Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie, addresses current problems of hydropower, water construction, inland navigation, as well as charges for water and...

Wody Polskie donates over PLN 22 million for water quality testing

Thanks to over PLN 22 million in funding from Wody Polskie, provincial inspectorates for environmental protection and the Central Research Laboratory of the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection will receive modern equipment for testing water quality. On July 4, 2019 in Warsaw, the President of Wody Polskie, Przemysław Daca, and Paweł Ciećko, the Chief Inspector for Environmental...

A conference entitled "Stop Drought" took place in Bydgoszcz!

The conference which took place in Bydgoszcz on June 18 was opened by Marek Gróbarczyk, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. The minister announced the start of a program aimed at doubling the retention rate. Currently in Poland it remains at 6.5%. The cost of investments planned in terms of the Retention Development Program is estimated at PLN 14 billion. Activities are...

An animation was created regarding investments as part of the second update of river basin water management plans

Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie developed an animation concerning the procedure for taking into account investments in II aPGW.

World Environment Day.

On June 5, the World Environment Day is celebrated in over 100 countries, including Poland.

Online consultation concerning the project of a list of surface water bodies with an indication of heavily modified and artificial water bodies

Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie - National Water Management Board, invites you to take part in consultations concerning the list of surface water bodies including indicating strongly modified and artificial water bodies. They will last until May 7, 2019.

Consultation meetings concerning the list of surface water bodies with an indication of heavily modified and artificial water bodies

Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie - National Water Management Board, invites you to consultative meetings devoted to discussing the draft list of heavily modified and artificial waters (SZCW and SCW). Consultation meetings will be held on May 9, 2019 in Wrocław at ul. Zaolziańska 1 (Q Hotel Plus) and May 15, 2019 in Warsaw at ul. Chłodna 51 (Golden Floor Tower).

A plan to counteract the effects of drought is being created

It is the first such comprehensive project of action concerning this field in our country. Over 3.5 thousand stakeholders already received the Stop Drought survey. This year, the Plan's six-month public consultations will begin. The works will be completed by the end of 2020.

The ISOK - Informatyczny System Osłony Kraju (Nation Protection IT System) - has started its operation

The ISOK National Portal is a public portal that publishes a range of information on hazards, meteorology, and hydrology. The implementation of the ISOK system will place Poland on a list of countries that manage the security of their own society and economy in a modern way, and effectively minimize the risks and losses caused by natural catastrophic events.

A catalog of good practices was created in terms of hydrotechnical and maintenance works, along with establishing the principles for their implementation

The catalog of good practices in terms of hydrotechnical and maintenance works, along with establishing the principles for their implementation, was created under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment for 2014-2020, commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment, at that time handling the water management department in Poland.

A conference was held concerning a list of protected areas intended for protecting the habitats and species dependent on waters

On January 9 in Warsaw a conference was organized as part of the first stage of the "Ustalenie celów środowiskowych dla jednolitych części wód wraz z opracowaniem rejestru wykazów obszarów chronionych" (Setting environmental objectives for water bodies including the development of a register of lists concerning protected areas).

Water resources as the theme of a panel at COP24

The 24th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Katowice. Circa 20,000 people from 190 countries participated in the event, including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, scientific circles, and the business sphere.

A conference concerning determining heavily modified and artificial water bodies took place

On September 11, 2018, a nationwide conference organized by the Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie - National Water Management Authority was held in Warsaw, and has been devoted to discussions on methodologies for determining heavily modified and artificial surface water bodies in the context of their verification and updating.

A conference concerning determining heavily modified and artificial water bodies

Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie - National Water Management Board, invites to a nationwide conference dedicated to the discussion on methodologies for determining heavily modified and artificial surface water bodies in the context of their verification and updating.

Poll: For the sake of a proper water level

Pursuant to Art. 15 item 3 of the Water Framework Directive and 328 of the applicable Water Law Act, Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie started surveying units responsible for the implementation of activities indicated in the update of the country's water and environmental program as well as water management plans.

World Sea Days in Szczecin

From 10.00 AM employees of PGW Wody Polskie, the Regional Water Management Authority, are present in Łasztownia. Our stand with attractions for children was visited by over a hundred preschoolers from Szczecin.

Public consultations concerning the methodology of estimating environmental flows in Poland have started

As part of the "Opracowania II aktualizacji PWŚK i aPGW na obszarach dorzeczy wraz z dokumentami planistycznymi stanowiącymi podstawę ich opracowania" (Development of the II PWŚK and aPGW update concerning river basin districts including planning documents constituting the basis for their development), works are underway in terms of the final method for determining environmental flows that...

Environmental flows presented at a conference in Warsaw

On 21 March, Golden Floor Tower in Warsaw hosted a conference on implementation of the method that helps to asses environmental flows in Poland.

22 March 2018 The Global Water Day

Every year, on 22 March, the whole world celebrates the Global Water Day established by the UN General Assembly resolution of 22 December 1992. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water.”

Conference on the method of assessing environmental flows in Poland

The National Water Management Holding Polish Waters is inviting everyone who is interested to participate in the national conference dedicated to the methodology behind the assessing of environmental flows in Poland. The conference will take place one day before the World’s Water Day.

A new promotional clip on the 2nd uWMP - take a peek

Part of the promotional campaign of the project “Compiling the 2nd update of Poland’s Water-Environmental Programme and Water Management Plans…” the Water Management Holding Polish Waters produced a short clip featuring a young Polish actor, Mateusz Winek, whom you may have seen in funny and popular comedies “Letters to M2” and “Letters to M3.” Have fun watching

Przemysław Daca appointed Head of Polish Waters

17 January 2018, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Inland Navigation has appointed Przemysław Daca as the Head of the National Water Management Holding Polish Waters. Previously employed as the Deputy Director of the Inland Navigation Department in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Inland Navigation, the new Head of Polish Waters was handed the appointment letter by the Undersecretary of...

Polish Waters assume responsibility for water in Poland

1 January 2018, the National Water Management Holding Polish Waters is created in order to take the sole responsibility for management of water in Poland.

Works on IIuRBMPs and IIuNWEP launched

Works aimed at drafting and publishing the 2nd update of the River Basin Management Plans and the National Water and Environmental Plan are under way. The need to verify and update both documents comes from the Water Framework Directive and Water Law.

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