AKUT is part of the developing team to establish Berlin`s central river pool
The 1,8 km long river arm “Kupergraben” in Berlin’s central district will be awakened after a deep sleep. The river arm will undergo renaturalization measures and parts of the section between Fischerinsel and the Bode Museum will be used as a swimming pool. The conversion will revitalize this UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of Berlin’s historic lifelines whilst the ecological rehabilitation of urban waters yields the way to a general sustainable urban transformation.
AKUT is assigned to draft and plan a pilot plant for a treatment of the river waters in a constructed wetland. AKUT will work on this assignment in cooperation with Dr.-Ing. Pecher und Partner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbh.
Final dimensioning and site-specific adaptions will be possible after different filter types (constructed wetlands) are analyzed in the pilot plant. Starting off with the construction of the plant in the first half of 2016, sampling and optimization is going to terminate in the end of 2018.
AKUT optimizes energy efficiency of water supply systems in Brazil
On behalf of GIZ in Brazil AKUT is commissioned to develop a new framework for improved energy efficiency in urban water supply systems.
Water resources management in Brazils is one of the sectors with a energy demand in relation to other public services. The water supply system is characterized by low efficiency. Supply systems are mostly outdated and in ailing condition.
The project is structured into four fields of activities: (1) support of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities (MCid) in developing new funding instruments with the goal of energy efficiency; (2) organization of interinstitutional and intersectoral dialogues; (3) Elaboration and application of technical and economical energy efficiency instruments and measures and (4) Extension and qualitative improvement of consultancy services for the water management sector concerning energy efficiency.
The project timeline is scheduled from beginning of 2016 until the end of 2018. AKUT has organized a close collaboration with the swiss engineers “Skat Consulting AG” (specialized on energy efficiency measures) and the Portuguese Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil) whose experience in the national initiative for loss control (iPerdas, Iniciativa Nacional para o Controle Eficiente de Perdas) will be essential for the success of this project.
Institutional Strengthening of ENACAL in Nicaragua
AKUT has been awarded with a contract by GIZ (German Technical Cooperation) to continue its institutional strengthening project for ENACAL in Nicaragua.
A higher efficiency in water supply and sanitation is the principal objective of this technical cooperation. The measures are part of the institutional strengthening of the national water supply and sanitation (WSS) company “Empresa Nicaragüense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados – ENACAL“. In addition to the ongoing assistance at the offices Boacco and Chontales this stage of the project will also include the offices in the departments St. Tomás, Camoapa and Acoyapa.
The project comprises the following components:
The improvement of service quality (duration of supply and customer services), a reduction of receivable accounts and enhanced processes for result and effect oriented planning services, monitoring and evaluation. This shall be achieved through the introduction of the GIS based system SIGIL.
The reduction of physical water losses and energy costs as well as increased revenues through extension and maintenance of a customers register are measures to limit the operational costs of ENACAL.
A modern surface waters monitoring system will be established for the supervion of receiving water bodies.
The operational management of 14 wastewater treatment plants of ENACAL will be improved in order to comply with legal requirements regarding outflow water quality of wastewater plants.
Timeframe of the project is 3 years.