Q4. Between country – water coming from (origin country (1)) and
Q5. Country (2) – water supplied to (delivered):
Q6. Water supply system name (English):
Water System Mrzlek – Gorizia.
Q7. Water supply system name (Country 1):
Vodovodni sistem Mrzlek – Gorica.
Q8. Water supply system name (Country 2):
Sistema idrico Mrzlek – Gorizia.
Q9. Date/year established cross-border water supply:
CB WSS was built in 1936.
Q10. Management of origin side of the WSS:
Vodovodi in kanalizacija Nova Gorica d.d.
Q11. Management of delivery side of the WSS:
Q12. Amount of water supplied (as per contract/agreement):
20.6.2007: 2.000.000,00 m3/year. Amount is set in Draft of contract: “Oskrba Občine Gorica z vodo”.
Q13. General nature of the CBWS – emergency water supply, peak water supply, permanent water supply:
Permanent water supply of Gorica.
Q14. Existing legal framework for the CBWS:
Agreement between the Italian and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which regards the payment of compensation for the water supply of the municipality of Gorizia from day 09/05/1979. Content of agreement within the meaning of Annex V to the Peace Treaty with Italy:
1) Supply of Gorizia Municipality of water from 1 January 1977 continue to be governed by Article 1 and Article 2 in Annex V in the Peace Treaty with Italy ,
2) the price is revalued annually,
3) The amounts must be billed monthly and paid within 15 days ,
4) This agreement is valid until 31.12.1981 and shall be considered to be extended automatically each year unless one of the parties decides to terminate it and informs the other.
Q15. Top level CBWS management body (if mutually defined):
Mešana italijansko slovenska komisija / Commissione mista italiano-sloveno.
Q16. Origin country reference body for the management body:
Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment.
Q17. Delivery country reference body for the CBWS management body.
Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Q18. Legal framework management – Contract party meetings (annual, even more frequent):
Meetings of at least 1 x per year or when necessary.
Q19. Issues addressed on the local level:
Q20. Issues addressed on the regional level:
Q21. Issues addressed on the state level:
An international commission is established and operates at the local level.
Q22. Legal option to increase maximum annual entitlement?
Currently is not possible because of the dimensions of the old and new water supply facility.
Q23. Minimum amount of water delivery defined?
Minimum quantity of water supply 2,000,000.00 m3 per year was specified in the draft of contract “Oskrba Občine Gorica z vodo” dated 20.6.2007.
Q24. Which is the body assigned by the contract for the resolution of disputes?
United Nations. According to Paris peace treaty where there is in Annex V, where it says that any disputes which may arise as a result of this re-examination shall be submitted for settlement under the procedure outlined in Article 87 of the Treaty. Article 87:
1.) Except where another procedure is specifically provided under any Article of the present Treaty, any dispute concerning the interpretation or execution of the Treaty, which is not settled by direct diplomatic negotiations, shall be referred to the Four Ambassadors acting under Article 86 except that in this case the Ambassadors will not be restricted by the time limit provided in that Article. Any such dispute not resolved by them within a period of two moths shall, unless the parties to the dispute mutually agree upon another means of settlement, be referred at the request of either party to the dispute to a Commission composed of one representative of each party and a third member selected by mutual agreement of the two parties from nationals of a third country. Should the two parties fail to agree within a period of one month upon the appointment of third member, the Secretary-General of the United Nations may be requested by either party to make the appointment. 2.) The decision of the majority of the members of the Commission shall be the decision of the Commission, and shall be accepted by the parties as definitive and biding.
Q25. Ownership of the cross-border infrastructure:
On the Slovenian side of the border is the owner of the infrastructure Municipality of Nova Gorica. On the Italian side of the border is the owner Municipality of Gorica.
Q26. Are the water rights on the water resource assigned to the cross-border partner? In which way?
No, the water rights of the water source are not allocated to cross-border partner. Water permit is issued for the Municipality of Nova Gorica Municipality Šempeter – Vrtojba, Municipality of Miren – Kostanjevica. Municipality Rence – Vogrsko and the Municipality of Brda, represented by the Water Utility of Nova Gorica.
Q27. Termination of the water delivery of contract
The final date is not fixed. Date of water supply is unlimited at the beginning of the supply of water by the Paris Peace Treaty.
Q28 Minimal water consumption legally defined?
Legally is not defined.
Q29. Is the legal heritage of the systems resolved
Legally is not defined.
Q30. Is the water price(charge) composed by different components?
Following an agreement between the Italian Republic and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 09/05/1979 competent authorities of the municipalities of Gorizia and Nova Gorica price revalued regularly. Taking into account the mean index rising electricity prices in Italy and Yugoslavia, established on the basis of the official tariff for that energy, which are in force every year 1 January and mean index rising wages or personal income in the construction industry in January, taken from official data. Mean index rising electricity prices and wages to the remuneration will be determined on the basis of changes in the cost of electricity and wages, which the calculation is based on personal income to 45 percent of wages and salaries and 55 percent for electricity.
Q31. How is the pricing mechanism defined (water charges):
Pricing mechanism is described in previous answer. The last three years the price hasn’t changed.
Q32. Are the minimal charges foreseen? – Fixed charges, full for empty:
No, fixed costs are not defined because the price is set in the “Osnutku pogodbe Oskrba Občine Gorica z vodo” dated 20.6.2007.
Q33. Is the non-payment procedure regulated by the contract?
Q34. Is there a special tariff (surcharge) for the excessive water supply?
Q35. Insurance cost covered – insurance cost tariff, insurance model foreseen by the contract:
Q36. Depreciaton of the infrastructure, investment/maintenance plans agreed ? (amortizacija, ammortamento):
Q37. Penalties for unfulfilment of contractual obligations?
Q38. Is the mutual inspection of records/book-keeping established? (due dilligence approach):
Q39. General assessment of the CBWS economics :
Yes, in general the situation is satisfactory.
Q40. Payment statistics for the last 5 years:
Q42. Measurement of water delivered:
Measurement is carried out on the water meter on the Slovenian side of the border and on the water meter on the Italian side of the border. Reading of the water meters takes place on the last working day of the month at 10.00. Participating is 1 representative of Water Utility Nova Gorica and 1 representative of the municipality of Gorizia. Calculated is the arithmetic mean of the two readings of water meters. Bill is issued 1 x per month.
Q43. Is continuity of water supply – intermittent water supply an issue?
Supply is constant. Abstraction of drinking water was suspended from 15.3.2007 to 14.5.2007 due to technical reasons. The company Irisacqua until 2007 withdrew approximately 1,200,000.00 m3 per year and after 2007 they withdraw approximately 2,000,000.00 m3 per year . The supply of water is occasionally interrupted when performing renovation water supply , for example within the project ” Varovanje vodnega vira Mrzlek in celovita oskrba prebivalstva s pitno vodo na območju Trnovsko-Banjške planote, Goriških Brd in Vipavske doline ” in 2009.
Q44. Agreed water quality issues:
Water quality issues take into account the applicable Slovenian legislation , which is compliant with the European (parameters, methods , frequency and location of sampling).
Q45. Water quality monitoring jointly controlled/verified:
The Water Utility of Nova Gorica monitors water quality in accordance with the HACCP standards.
Q46. Temperature regulated by the contract?
The temeprature is not regulated by the contract. One of the parameters of the internal control of quality drinking water is the temperature and is measured at each sampling.
Q47. Pressure regulated by the contract?
It is not regulated by contract.
Q48. Cross – border profile management:
A system of notification is used in case of interventions on water supply system (discharge / change in pressure).
Q49. Construction of project facilities:
Each side decides about their own investments and inform the other side about potential water supply disruptions or withdrawal of water.
Q50. Is the daily dynamics of water demand/supply an issue ?
It is not an issue, it is carried out in accordance with draft of contract “Oskrba Občine Gorica z vodo” signed on 20.6.2007.
Q51. Is the seasonal dynamics of water demand/supply an issue ?
There is no issue.
Q52. Management of water losses – are water losses in the supply, uptake side an issue?
Water losses are large.
Q53. Is the water availability/demand an issue on supply country or demand country side?
Since 2007 is about 2,000,000.00 m3. Deviations occur when one or other side has some major investments.
Q54. Transitional phenomena an issue?
Q55. Other technical issues?
Q56. Long term planning mechanisms established?
Q57. LIASON OFFICERS DETERMINED? Communication process determined and functioning?
Q58. Joint supervision of the Water Supply System?
SCADA control system.
Q59. Joint management of the water resource?
There is no joint management. Water resource is managed by Water Utility of Nova Gorica for Municipality of Nova Gorica.
Q60. Contingency plans existing?
No. In case of pipe break if the pressure drops and the water supply to Nova Gorica is threatened, we inform the manager of CBWSS on the Italian side about the closure or reduction of water supply for certain period of time.
Q61. Main problems identified:
Abstraction of water during the day is not uniform. Large fluctuations in current flow, which in turn affects the pressure fluctuation in the network and increase turbidity due to rising sediment in the pipeline. As a result, pressure variations may also arise failure of the weak points in the network.
Q62. Other comments:
Q64. Do you consider that the legal framework for the CB WSS is adequate, or under-defined:
Q65. Do you consider that the economic framework for the CB WS is adequate, or under-defined:
Q66. Do you consider that the technical framework for the CB WS is adequate, or under-defined:
Technically the system is built in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Republic of Slovenia.
Q67. How would you assess general perception of the cross border water supply in public?
Since the water supply is running smoothly and is no distraction for Slovenian consumers, the public is not engaged on this issue and consequently there is no distrust.
Q68. Provide in the attachment shp file of the existing water supply network:
Has been provided.
Q69. Provide documents on general state-level framework for the cross-border water supply:
Agreement between the Italian and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which regards the payment of compensation for the care of the municipality of Gorizia water of 9.5.1979.
Q70. Specific delivery contract:
Agreement between the Italy and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which regards the payment of compensation for the care of the municipality of Gorizia water of 9.5.1979.
Q71. Regulations, technical documentation:
The standards and regulations of the Republic of Slovenia are applied.
Q72. Statistics on the water supplied and payments provided for the last five years:
It has been provided.