Participating Companies

Wasserverband - Emscher Genossenschaft Lippe Verband-150

Emschergenossenschaft und Lipperverband


Stronger together – the “EG/LV”, a model for success

From a legal point of view, EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT (EG) and LIPPEVERBAND (LV) are two public corporations with a similar legal mandate. They have however been fusing their expertise for more than 85 years now and so are Germany’s biggest wastewater disposal and sewage treatment plant operator. The advantages of their partnership are obvious: significant synergy effects from knowledge sharing and transfer, more experience and greater profitability. That is why they are able to carry out their tasks very cost-effectively. They are united by their shared goal of finding ecological and technical solutions that will create an attractive landscape around Emscher and Lippe – within the region and for the region.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Bottrop

The wastewater treatment plant Bottrop is one of four central wastewater treatment plants located on the river Emscher. It was build 1991 to 1996 for 230 Mio. Euro. The catchment area is about 240 km² in the area of the cities Bottrop, Bochum, Essen, Gelsenkirchen and Gladbeck.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Emschermündung

This wastewater treatment plant is an other of the four central wastewater treatment plants located on the river Emscher. It was build 1976 with a catchmentarea about 774 km². They are cleaning the wastewater of 910.000 habitants. This plant is located by the cities Dinslaken, Oberhausen and Duisburg.

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IUTA - Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V.

IUTA is one of Germany`s largest institutes in the field of energy and environmental technology. One main focus of their projects is to collaborate with industry in order to transfer academic knowledge into new or better products and industrial processes. Furthermore, in cooperation with German and international universities and other scientific institutes, scientists of their research groups perform basic research in special fields.

The main working fields of the institute are:

  • Aerosols & Fine Dust
  • Nanotechnology
  • Functional Surfaces
  • Future Energy Supply
  • Highly Toxic Compounds


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Research Centre Jülich

Guiding Principles

The Forschungszentrum Jülich works towards comprehensive solutions for the grand challenges facing society in the future in the three fields of health, energy and environment, and information technology, thus laying the foundation for future key technologies.

They provide impetus and are engaged as a partner throughout the entire value-adding process of research from basic research up to actual innovations.

The focus of their work is programmatically expertise  and break new ground in strategic partnerships with universities, research institutions and industry.

They intend to demonstrate that their research findings, their operation and utilization of complex infrastructures, and also their management achievements are among the best in the world.

The creativity and motivation of their staff is valued as the greatest asset of their research centre, they therefore offer equal opportunities and encourage training and further professional development.

Institutes and Facilities

Forschungszentrum Jülich has 7 research institutes with 46 divisions in the fields of energy and climate research, bio- and geosciences, medicine and neurosciences, complex systems, simulations sciences, neutron sciences and nanotechnology as well as 3 scientific central divisions, 2 project management organizations and 20 organisational units who support the scientific research in administration.

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The Ruhrverband - an operating water management company

The Ruhrverband is a non-profit oriented water management company based on public law. Without neglecting economic aspects, the association puts the wellbeing of the region’s citizens and the environment at the centre of its attention. This applies to the operation of its reservois, ensuring water supply for 4.6 million people, as well as the sewage treatment for 60 cities and communities in the catchment areas of the Ruhr and the Lenne.

The River Ruhr and its tributaries are seen and managed as an entity across political administrative units. This kind of river basin management creates a fair balance between different uses and interests surrounding the rivers and lakes. This concept saves costs and - as postulated by the EU Water Framework Directive - promotes environmental protection as well as general public interests.
The Ruhrverband fulfils the following responsibilities for the Ruhr’s river basin, an area of 4,485 square kilometres:

  • Source and supply water for drinking and industrial purposes as well as for hydroelectric power production,
  • regulate and balance water runoff,
  • secure flood water flow,
  • treat sewage,
  • dispose of and recycle residues from sewage treatment,
  • analyse water management conditions.
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RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH

The RWW is one of the largest supplier of water. They supply about 825.000 people with drinking water in North-Rhine Westphalia. They have nine drinking water plants and thirdteen waterstorages with a storage volume of 63.000 m². They also have two museums (the Aquarius-Watermuseum and the "Haus Ruhrnatur").

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Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Köln

The Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Cologne are a modern and innovative municipal companie of the watermanagement. The principle tasks are the wastewater treatment, the flood protection and preparedness and also the river maintenance and the river works.


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Wasserwerke Westfalen

The Wasserwerke Westflen is a companie to supply the Eastern Ruhr area with drinking water. This companie has eight plants for drinking water. They use the water of the river ruhr for making drinking water. One of these plants is the Wasserwerk Hengsen. It was build 1908. This plant supply the east of Dortmund, Holzwickede, Iserlohn and Schwerte with drinking water. 


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Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg AöR

This companie is one of the four municipal companies in Duisburg. The principle tasks are waste treatment, city cleaning, wastewater drainage, flood protection and other.

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