We are very glad of this opportunity to provide you with our Annual Report which illustrates our activities over the past year.
The focal point of our diverse activities in research, in communications and in networked operations continues to rest with the future-oriented topics of energy efficiency, climate resilience, infrastructure, water protection, resources and digitisation. Our activities are intended to contribute to the integration of water as a public service in smart city applications, and to improve the quality of life in towns & cities.
We are proud to inform you that in 2018 we again succeeded in putting project results into practical use, for example with an online tool for predicting bather water quality, or by removing trace organic compounds with ozone in combination with constructed wetlands at the Schönerlinde sewage plant. Our wide-ranging projects working towards efficiency in energy and resources have yielded directly usable results for optimising the closed loop management of water resources and of agriculture. In addition, several new and exciting projects have been accepted for public funding, for example such as the leadership of the “Digital Water City” project in the European research programme Horizon 2020. Overall, we can look back on 2018 as a successful year.
However, we didn’t go it entirely alone. One of our strengths is that we collaborate with major research associations and international partners, which means that we can always be up-to-date with the latest status of research thanks to continuous exchange of expertise and information. Consequently we are glad to have the opportunity of thanking all of our project partners with particular reference to the Berliner Wasserbetriebe and our shareholders for the productive collaboration we have enjoyed, not forgetting the support in terms of project sponsoring and funding that we have received from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), the Berliner Wasserbetriebe and from the Berlin regional authority. Particular thanks must go to the employees of KWB, whose creativity and commitment underpin the success of KWB.
In this Annual Report, we have expanded our description of project activities with several specific articles. We do hope that the motivation and the problem-solving strategies practised in our research activities – which previously could only have been read between the lines – are consequently more clearly perceivable. It is our first concern to demonstrate that we can contribute our ideas and problem-solving approaches for the benefit of future topics relating to the management of water resources.
Edith Roßbach, Regina Gnirss
Photo: Stefan Schubert