The valorisation of drinking water residuals is also on the agenda in Germany. AquaMinerals has for years taken part in a residuals management working group of DVGW, the German association of gas and water companies. In September the working group was welcomed at KWR and AquaMinerals.
There is a lot of interest in the Dutch way – ‘Der Niederländische Weg’ – of collaborating to add value to residuals. We are currently examining how the collaboration between KWR/AquaMinerals and DVGW for the valorisation of residuals can be shaped. The main motivation is sales security and sustainability at an attractive cost. In terms of the latter, the Dutch drinking water sector enjoys a comfortable lead. As one of the guests put it in a nutshell: ‘You Dutch manage to make money everywhere!’
Whether money is made or not, Germany presents a huge potential for the recycling of drinking water residuals. But from an organisational point of view, the almost 6,000 water companies make it a little tough!