Water Skills – 3.German Wastewater Championship

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Munich June 2016

During the last IFAT we organized three challenges for Water Operators. The sewer professional – shown in the picture – where the biggest group. The US KSB WEFTEC Team were the best, followed by Nürnberg and Stuttgart. The US Team was very much experieced doing challenges like this. They won the US Challenge and are now the Jury members of the WEFTEC Challenge, organized every year in the US.

The level of the teams has much increased. More serious, more professional. We have to create a new group for beginnes to motivate new cities and teams to Jogin next Time in 2018.

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Winner of the professional. challenge – sewer system

Let the game start

DWA/IFAT/Düsseldorf Teams arrive at the WEFTEC

DWA/IFAT/Düsseldorf Teams arrive at the WEFTEC

Student Design Competition - two teams experiences with the magnatic boxes

Student Design Competition – two teams experiences with the magnatic boxes

24.000 people get the magazine . Düsseldorf training pictures are printed in WE&T maganzine

24.000 people get the magazine . Düsseldorf training picture is printed in WE&T maganzine

The last preparations. Checking in, seeing the arena, joining the last lessions. The process task will start tomorrow morning at 10 am. Steve translated the 30 pages questions into German language, I checked the translation today, well done, excellent preparation for the German Team. Two Canada Teams will join. 44 Teams will show up tomorrow, the biggest Operator Challenge ever in the middle of the exhibition hall.

The teams are in a good spirit. Yesterday evening we went out and had some fun.

Today we supported the Student Design Competition in showing them our magnetic training box. They liked it very much. We have a magnetic board between the learning lounge and the WEF-bookshop. We show our DWA-Learning Box. Good opportunity.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Training with the Chicago Sewer Rats – dream coaches for the German Teams – Wesley, Stephen, Donnie and Ed – the Klinsmann for us

Team Düsseldorf with trainers Donnie and Stephen (they won 5 times the Medal)

Team Düsseldorf with trainers Donnie and Stephen (they won 5 times the Medal)

DWA/IFAT All Star Team at the Training with the Rats

DWA/IFAT All Star Team at the Training with the Rats

Hard work for Peter and Achim

Hard work for Peter and Achim

Ulli is learning from the collegues

Ulli is learning from the collegue

Training with the Chicago Sewer Rats

Training with the Chicago Sewer Rats

The DWA/IFAT ALL Star Team and Team Düsseldorf trained with the Chicago Sewer Rats and three WEFTEC jury members. Donnie, Stephen and Wesley won the title couple of times and they know all the details and the falts. They trained us from 8:30 till 17:00 and the Chicago Sewer Rats did an excellent job in coaching each of our team members.

The most difficult task is the pump challenge. We saw the pump the first time.

Thanks a lot for that training. It was a great opportunity and the German Teams enjoyed it a lot.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

XXL – New Combined Stormwater Overflow Reservoir in Chicago

XXL Combined Stormwater Overflow Detention "Tank" sorry it is a reservoir

XXL Combined Stormwater Overflow Detention “Tank” sorry it is a reservoir. See the in and outlet in the back

In and Outlet for the stormwater - start will be in one month from now

In and Outlet for the stormwater – start will be in one month from now

CSO Chicago starting 2017, XXXL size, never seen before

CSO Chicago starting 2017, XXXL size, never seen before

What a scale of projects. I have seen the second largest combined stormwater overflow detention tank in Europe in Munich which has the size of two scoccer places. The new  CSOs in Chicago is from a different star. One will be ready in one month and the second one will be ready, after 10 years of construction, in 2017.

These two big open reservoirs will serve the City of Chicago and will hopefully prevent the city by beeing flooded by heavy rainfalls. 40-50 storms a year occur. The deep tunnel project releases the normal sewer system and takes all overflows down into the ground. The length is about 150 km. The deapest  point are the XXL Pumping Stations. There the water gets pumped up and gets treated.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

XXL – Sludge treatment drying beds in Chicago

Dry beds in Chicago - ready for agricultural use

Drying beds in Chicago – ready for agricultural use

Dry beds - heavy machines are at work

Drying beds – heavy machines are at work

Wastewater Sludge is storaged in big drying beds. Heavy machines are in action and the dried sludge is used in agriculture after certain time.

Again the the size is impressing. Germany has 9500 Wastewater Treatment Plants but certainly not that size for drying beds, we just do not have the space for that.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht