World Water Week 2017 – Wastewater Skills and Reuse Options needed

Stockholm August 2017 – only 20% of the world wastewater gets treated.

Back from Stockholm, where I was involved in two lectures – wastewater treatment needs skilled staff and strengthening wastewater reuse project thinking – I can see that the discussion is still in a very theoretical status. World Water Week is a very much political, development countries and UN driven event.

That is needed to allocate financial and political support around the globe but sometimes it is too high in the “cloud” for me.

Nevertheless I learnt about the political global roadmap and that’s helps me in my more practical job.

The best thing is to meet colleagues and friends again and to discuss further practical protect possibilities and to learn where the “money thinking” of donors intend to go.

From 26.-31.8.2018 the next topic will be focus on Water, Ecosystem and Human.

I will try to get the new Worldskills “Water Technician” and the “Water Skills and University Challenge” movement shown. The world wastewater sector needs qualified engineers,scientists and particular skilled water technicians.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht


Water Technology – a new skill in Worldskills International

Rüdiger Heidebrecht, Patrick Gundert (Competitor) und Hilmar Tetsch (Expert)

Esslingen June 2017

Last week we met in Esslingen to prepare the trip to the Worldskills event in October 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Worldskills International expects more than 1300 competitors and 150 000 visitors from more than 70 countries. The German Team will sent competitors for 37 skills. This year the new “Water Technolgy Skill” will start and Patrick from Neuwied will be the German competitor. He started his training already and the expert Hilmer is doing a good job to train the young wastewater technician who is in his 2nd year of education. Even the Russian Team came to Stuttgart for a one week training. 

I will travel to Abu Dhabi in October to support the new skill. We need 12 countries to stay in the competition. In Abu Dhabi 5 countries will join. DWA will support this event. There are also some companies like FESTO and Adiro who supports this event. 

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Coaching the German Wastewater Team for WEFTEC 2015 Chigago

WEFTEC Training in Düsseldorf June 2015

WEFTEC Training in Düsseldorf June 2015

In June 2015 two German Wastewater Teams met in Duesseldorf to train for the WEFTEC Operators Challenge in September 2015 in Chigago/USA.

DWA has good relations to the US based Water Evironmental Federation (WEF). Last year I visited them during my holidays. This year the CEO Eileen visited us in Hennef. We agreed that I would try to get one team over to the annual Operators Challenge and the year later one US Team would come to the IFAT 2016.

Now I could get two teams, one from the city of Duesseldorf and one “All Star Team” from the cities Duesseldorf, Bonn and Nuernberg.  The Duesseldorf Team is a team with young professionals where the All Star Team is more senior. They all work in wastewater utilities and are excellend people. Most of them pay the flights themself  and take holidays for this trip.

To travel to the US skills competition is something special and all members are exited, so do I. I´m the coach and translater. We will have a competion with 44 Teams – it is the first time that a German Team visits the WEFTEC. I have been to the WEFTEC 2013 in New Orleans and I saw there competition already. I´m looking forward to this nice experience and let us have fun and to learn from each other.

Thanks to the IFAT Munich who help us as the main sponsor for one team and thanks to the City of Duesseldorf to send their Young Team and to enable us to have this training done.

See also and watch the Training.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

DWA – Skills Competition since 2010 – How it’s started

Skills Competitions – one of my jobs since 2010 wpid-wp-1424117679548.jpeg

My boss Johannes Lohaus showed me in 2009 some fotos from his trip to the US  trade show WEFTEC. He asked me if we could do thinks like the Operator Challenge during IFAT Munich in Germany. I said yes and in 2010, 2012 and 2014 the IFAT had the show and about 32 teams from 5 countries had a lot of fun.  In 2013 we also joint the worldskills in Leipzig. Now the skills competition is in place, a working group took over and the participants are engaged in skill improvements. Skills competitions are an exellent instrument to train technicians in the water sector. Meanwhile DVGW started a new skills in water and gas supply. Some countries, we are working with, are asking for the rules of such a skill competitions. Rüdiger Heidebrecht image