BEST Project workshop in Toila, Estonia

20th of November 2018 – 22nd of November 2018, Toila, Estonia

The third international workshop of the Project BEST is concentrating on hazardous substances in waste water, current recommendations and legislation regarding industrial waste water treatment and show cases several cooperation methods and technical solutions used to manage and pre-treat industrial waste waters.


Seminar on Wednesday 21 November will be open to all stakeholders, the agenda is found below and HERE (in pdf). Please register to the Wednesday 21 November seminar no later than on Wednesday 7 November, 2018 using this link.

(Project partners attending all three days, log in to the BEST webpage intranet and then use this link to register, link only works when logged in).



Project BEST – Better Efficiency for Industrial Sewage Treatment,

Workshop on Hazardous substances, Toila SPA Hotel, Ranna 12, Toila, Estonia

DAY 1 | Tuesday, 20 November 2018 (project internal)

Project management, communication and reporting
City of Helsinki project team

Work package proceedings
Work package leaders Riga Technical University, Gdansk Water Foundation, John Nurminen Foundation

DAY 2 | Wednesday, 21 November 2018 (public)

8.30 Coffee and registration

9.00 Welcoming words and introduction to Project BEST
Estonian Waterworks Association and City of Helsinki

Chair of the day: Vallo Kõrgmaa, Estonian Waterworks Association

9.30-10.30 SESSION 1: Hazardous substances in waste water treatment plants (WWTP)

Identification and removal of priority substances in Estonian municipal WWTPs
Vallo Kõrgmaa, Estonian Waterworks Association, Estonia

Impact of industrial waste waters on municipal WWTPs
Taavo Tenno, Aqua consult Baltic OÜ, Estonia


11.00-13.00 SESSION 2: Legislation and recommendations on management of industrial waste waters

HELCOM work to prevent contamination of the Baltic Sea environment from waste water sector
Dmitry Frank-Kamenetsky, HELCOM Secretariat

Implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and permitting practices in Finland
Ari Kangas, Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Estonian legislation on management of industrial waste waters
Mari-Liis Ummik, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia


14.00-17.00 SESSION 3: Cooperation methods between industries and municipal WWTPs

Case examples on good practices and technical solutions by industries and WWTPs

Removal of hazardous substances from industrial waste waters, examples from the Netherlands
Albert Doets, Fluor B.V and Alar Saluste, Aqua consult

Experiences on good methods and tools from Finland
Paula Lindell, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY)


Panel discussion: Updating of the BSAP segment on hazardous substances – suggestions on regional targets, priorities and measures in industrial waste water management sector
Moderator Dmitry Frank-Kamenetsky, HELCOM Secretariat, comments from WWTPs, experts and audience

18.00 Bus transfer from Toila SPA to dinner

19.00 DINNER and site visit at Estonian mining Museum
Bus transfer is organised back to Toila SPA Hotel after dinner

DAY 3 | Thursday, 22 November 2018 (project internal)

Study visits at municipal waste water treatment plant and local industry


Contact information

The event is organised by Estonian Waterworks Association (EVEL).

If you have any questions, please contact:
Irina Vahtra –, phone nr: +372 5648 3211
Lauri Lagle –, phone nr: +372 512 2587
Kajsa Rosqvist –, phone nr. +358 40 510 2294

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