Sydney – a beautiful city

Sydney is a beautiful city. A big natural harbour, water everywhere and good weather made our visit nice. We watched the preparations for the Australia Day – some people say invasion day, anyway it seems to be a big party with heavy drinking – looks like carnival in my home town.

We spend only 3 days ( Jan. 2017) in Sydney and continued to travel back to Germany after 2 month of travel in New Zealand. We had a very good time. The “batteries” are full again. Ready for new challenges. 

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

New Zealand – worth to visit 

Xmas 2016 varies this year. Time out in New Zealand (NZ) – a country worth to visit.

Clean air and water, nice relaxt people, beautiful landscape and good weather. The place I live in Germany (NRW) has 18 Mio. people – NZ has less than 5 Mio. Here is space enough, nature and water. NZ is using its resources – geothermal and water energy  are covering 70% of the energy. Nuclear power is 0% – nice. 

Adrenalin is NZ selling item. Wherever you go you can jump from a bridge or plain, ride a fast Jet boat, take mountain bikes or ride a horse. 

I took the Jet boat – that was fun – a good use for that clean water. I´m sure the wildlife on that part of the river has problems to live in peace. 

Nevertheless a good present for xmas 2016 and my 60th birthday. 

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Singapore has changed it’s Marina

It it the fourth time beeing in Singapore. (1989, 1991, 2005)

Beside the financial center the Marina has changed a lot. Marina Beach Hotel and the Garden by the Bay are new for me. These places are unique. The Bay got a new barrage and that area (in the back) turned into sweet water.

Quit a number of changes for a City with 5.5 Mio. people. In water matters PUB is always on a smart way. They want to use their water properly.

If you think Germany is a clean country – you should see Singapore – they are on the top ten in the world.


Curriculum of “Water and Wastewater Technician” in Germany


These two books contain the curricular, the regulations, the learning fields for the school and some practical hinds fot the water supply and wastewater engineering technician. It is an 3 years dual vocational education (work and school) finishing with a excamination on European Qualification Level 4.

The main learning fields for the vocational school will be shown below:

Common topic for both
1. Planning of an environmental concept
2. Handling of micro-organisms
3. Employ environmental chemicals
4. Operate pipeline systems
5. Examinate of the content substances of water and waste
6. Operate ans maintane machines ans installations
7. Operate and maintain electrical plant
8. Connect electrical equipment

Water Supply
9. Water Winning
10. Establish domestic connections
11. Investigate water characteristics
12. Condition water
13. Deliver, store and distribute water
14. Control and regulate water supply facilities

9. Operate drainage systems
10. Treat wastewater mechanically
11. Investigation of wastewater and sludge
12. Treat wastewater and sludge biologically and chemically
13. Maintain drainage systems and monitor indirect discharger
14. Control and regulate wastewater treatment facilities

I´m one of the author of the wastewater curricular in 2002.
A group of 6 people from the social partners (Union and employer group) worked on that paper. I was in the employer group.It took us 1,5 years to finish the work.

The curricular from 1984 was updated. At that time it took 12 years to get all the different interest group under one umbrella.

What was new in 2002?
More electrical work, more monitoring and control of the processes, more sewer system topics like CCTV inspection, less metal work.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Worldskills International supports the new Water Skill

During the last Worldskills International meeting early October 2016 in Canada it was decided to put the “Water Subject” on the new agenda as a new future presentation skill.

We are now looking foreward for the next Worldskills competition which will be in October 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Germany started 1984 with the occupation in water and trained more than 20.000  people.
In 2002 I was one out of 6 people to write the new curriculum for wastewater technicians.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht