About Rüdiger Heidebrecht

I'm working since more than 25 years as a Training and Standard expert in the German Water Sector. I'm Head of Departement Training and international Cooperation in DWA. DWA is the German Association for Waters, Wastewater and Waste. A non governmental and non-profit making association.

IFAT Munich 2018 – Great show, great successes – 4. World Water Skills Competition

Team Egypt - Copyright Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Team Egypt – Two teams with great motivation and skills.

Team Jordan - copyright Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Team Jordan – first time, great spirit and very good results.

Water Skills Germany – 13 youngster go for gold and the chance to participate on the Worldskills 2019 in Kazan/Russia

Munich, May 2018

It was the biggest show ever. More than 3200 companies from all over the world an 141000 visitors came to Munich.

The 4th World Water Skills Competitions in wastewater technology took place. Teams from Germany, USA, Jordan and Egypt participated in the professional competitions. Supported by GIZ, WAJ – Jordan and the Holding Company-Egypt joint. For Egypt it was the third time to join. All teams did a great job, motivated and focused to the job. They all will become a good trainer in their companies. Two Teams from KSB – WEFTEC from the US even could win some metal – well done.

The Water Skills Germany showed the youngster in education in wastewater technology. Good participation, good results and one ticket to the next Worldskills competition “Water Technology” in Kazan, Russia 2019.

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10 Years Cooperation – UPWSP, Palestine & DWA, Germany

I was working from 2004-2009 for a GIZ Project in Palestine. As a part of this we established a network of water utilities, cities from the Westbank. The first association collapsed but was reestablished and now the first 10 years are over. That is a good start to strengthen the trainings for the water sector and to be a lobby party in the difficult situation in Palestine. I am proud to be one of the founder of that association. Beside that I was also one of the founder of ACWUA, the Arab Countries Water Utility Association. Both was part of GIZ projects where I was one out of few other experts.

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Water Standards – DWA Rules & Standards are well known abroad

Tehran March 2018

Water Supply and Wastewater Standards are the topic of a new cooperation between DWA – German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste and the Bureau of Water and Wastewater Standards of the Ministry of Energy in Iran. Based of an MoU between the two parties the two days workshop showed the differences between the two countries. DWA standard work started 1956, MoE started 1982. Legal framework is different, Organization and setup of the regulator various as well. DWA offers training courses for new Rules & Standards, the University teaches the news to students. That is nor the case in Iran.

Both parties will work together for the benefit to improve the water standards in Iran. Water is an important topic in this country.

DWA and DVGW Rules & Standards are well known in the world. Germany has 34.000 DIN Standards and around 600 DVGW and DWA Rules & Standards in the Water Sector.

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Worldskills Abu Dhabi – Water Technology Videos

See the competitors, experts and organizers.
All Videos are in YouTube:

  1. Introduction to the new skill “Water Technology”  by Rüdiger Heidebrecht, DWA
  2. Interview with Chief Expert Hilmar Tetsch
  3. Interview with competitor Patrick Gundert from Germany
  4. Interview with competitor Alessandra Manengena from South Africa
  5. Interview with expert Prof. Rodrigo Zawadzki and Louise Desiderio from Brazil
  6. Interview with expert Danny Gauch from FESTO (ex)
  7. Interviews with expert Farid Kheiri and Mohamed Hosein Salehi from Iran
  8. Interview with expert Roman Panferov and Dmitrii Ponomarev from Russia


Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017


Closing Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017 – opening Kazan, Russia 2019

Wednesday evening was the closing ceremony with 10000 guests. Great moments when 51 Medals are handed over. Germany got one silver, two bronze and one silver in „Water Technology“ the new future skill.

I personally enjoyed the competition very much. I like to see how young people develop their skills and personality. Patrick and Hilmer did a good job. Thanks to Festo to Danny and Dr. Imani to support this new skill.

Water worth it.

Full House – teams from 59 countries

The fans of Patrick at the closing evening

Rüdiger Heidebrecht back to Germany – what a nice country

Well done – great job Patrick and Hilmer

Patrick Gundert is happy to be the Vice World Champion in Water Technology 2017. Hart training pays off.

Hilmar Tetsch as Chief Expert is happy that the challenge went well. All tasks were done and the challenge was fair and transparent. The competitors have done all very well, he said.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht is happy because many other countries showed interest to join in future. Water Education needs more awareness. Learning in challenges is one future trend to qualify water technicians.

From 5 countries to 12 countries – Russia, Kazan 2019 – a new challenge.

Come to the IFAT Munich 2018 to see the next german candidate. The WaterSkill Germany 2018 will show us the next candidate and learn from Patrick and Hilmar the whole story.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Day 4 – the winner is Iran

The Future Skill is done.

1. Iran

2. Germany

3. Russia

It was a great experience to all competitors and experts. Great job – thanks. After four days the points showed the results clearly.

Nevertheless all people learnt a lot and enjoyed the days.

All participants – great job, thanks to FESTO to coordinate that.

Team Iran – Winner oft the first Water Technician Championship.

Second Germany – well done Patrick.

The show goes on – Russia 2019 in Kazan – we meet again with more countries for a better and cleaner water for the world.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht