Water treatment cooperation

International teaching and research network

Karlsruhe water supply companies and research institutions cooperate with University of Surrey (UK)

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), several departments of Karlsruhe Municipal Water Supply and the University of Surrey (UK) have enjoyed excellent relations for years. Initiated by Prof. Dr. Matthias Maier, Head of Drinking Water Abstraction at Karlsruhe Municipal Services and Prof. Dr. Clemens Wittland, Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Construction Engineering at HsKA, a cooperation agreement was signed at the end of June 2012.

Through this agreement, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the following institutions have officially become partners: Centre of Environmental and Health Engineering (CEHE) of the University of Surrey, the Water Technology Center of the German DVGW (German Association for Gas and Water Technology), The Heinrich Sontheimer Laboratory (HSL) and the Karlsruhe Municipal Services (SWK).

With a special focus on water treatment and water purification technologies adapted for developing countries, the partners wish to collaborate in the fields of drinking water supply and waste water management, in both teaching and research.

When signing the agreement, Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, emphasized the worldwide importance of secured water supply as one of the the essential bases of human life. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is dedicated to this goal and will proactively support and extend the new collaboration. For over 30 years now, the CEHE has been a renowned research institute and WHO Competency Center for international water and sanitation projects in developing countries. "We are partners of many international institutions, such as UNICEF, International Red Cross and OXFAM (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief). We are looking foward to a fruitful collaboration with our German partner institutions", says Prof. Soon-Thiam Khu, Director of the CEHE.

Dr. Josef Klinger, Director of the Karlsruhe Water Technology Center (DVGW), welcomes the new water supply network initiative. The Water Technology Center – a nationally oriented and internationally renowned research and consulting institution – has for many years been dedicated to meeting the challenges of water treatment and water purification abroad, particularly in developing countries.

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Maier, from the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and Head of a research group at the Heinrich Sontheimer Laboratory (HSL) – a research institute financed by the Water Technology Center and the Karslruhe Municipal Services – emphasized the importance of interesting young engineers in the subject of water supply in developing countries and considers it one of the primary tasks of the new water supply network.

"For many years, the Karlsruhe Municipal Services have regarded it as their responsibility to also put their expertise in water supply matters (e.g. know-how of operational organization, sanitation and quality control) at the disposal of people in developing countries", comments Prof. Dr. Matthias Maier, Head of Drinking Water Extraction of Karlsruhe Municipal Services, who completed his PhD at the CEHE of the University of Surrey.

"Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is very pleased that together with our top-class and world-wide renowned partner institutions we have managed to establish a network that forms an excellent basis for knowledge transfer and applied research in the field of water supply and waste water management. And not only will the scientists involved in this collaboration benefit from the network, so will the students of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Clemens Wittland, Professor of Water Supply, Sanitation and Environmental Engineering at HsKA, who has participated in numerous international projects related to water supply and sanitation in developing countries.