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Wastewater Management - innovative and sustainable ways to overcome today's challenges


March 29, 2017

14:00 - 16:40

CongressForum, Hall 2.2

Wastewater management increasingly involves finding innovative and sustainable ways to master new challenges. Looking at water quality from a chemical perspective is no longer enough. Isolated measures are often inefficient and sometimes conflicting. Consequently, the protection of water,
health and resources needs to be understood and implemented as an integral part of wastewater management. The focus here is on identifying efficient technical options and balancing requirements.

One broad and controversial option is quaternary sewage treatment. This requires scientific assessment and a systematic review of past experiences. The same applies to the potential of membrane technology in wastewater treatment. Last but not least, the “sewage network” asset also demands special attention. This requires more than simply taking stock of current practice. Rehabilitation management must be seen as an ongoing task, as this is the only way to preserve the value of the network.

Wastewater treatment plants are primary energy consumers, but can also contribute to energy production. Our focus is on resource and energy-conserving wastewater treatment plants. This is a special challenge in the face of anticipated legislative changes. Sewage sludge management continues to require the full technical, legal and administrative attention of wastewater treatment plant operators. Here, too, it will be essential to integrate resource efficiency.


Otto Schaaf, Präsident, Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e.V. (DWA)


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Pinnekamp, Institut für Siedlungswissenschaft, RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ternes, Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde

Prof. Dr. Winfried Schmidt, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Membrantechnik e.V. (DGMT)

Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Selzer, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Membrantechnik e.V. (DGMT)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Schröder, Tuttahs & Meyer Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Thomas Langenohl, Kläser & Langenohl GbR

Dr. Friedrich Hetzel, Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e.V. (DWA)