Public private partnerships can be a very successful business model for municipal water management tasks as well. An excellent example of this is the 20-year collaboration between the City of Goslar and EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH, a company owned by REMONDIS Aqua.
Goslar is situated in the east of the German state of Lower Saxony and north-west of the Harz, the highest ‘Mittelgebirge’ or Central Uplands in Germany. This former imperial city has a history going back over one thousand years and has a beautiful historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1996, EURAWASSER and the City of Goslar founded a PPP together, Stadtentwässerung Goslar GmbH, which has been managing and treating wastewater for the 55,000 local residents since then.
“Goslar has been working together with EURAWASSER since the mid 90s – and has very much benefited from its expertise. I am particularly pleased to see just how committed EURAWASSER is to the region and just what an important and good employer it is.“
Dr Oliver Junk, Lord Mayor of Goslar
Being the company responsible for running Stadtentwässerung Goslar GmbH, EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH initiated a number of comprehensive building measures soon after the PPP had been established. These included centralising the wastewater treatment system and integrating a third treatment stage into the central sewage treatment plant, helping to considerably improve the quality of the wastewater treatment. Since then, the specifications for wastewater treatment have changed continuously and EURAWASSER has met these challenges with technological developments. As a result, around 40 million euros have been invested in the plants and networks by this PPP over the last 20 years.
The other benefits of running a PPP in the water sector are obvious. The REMONDIS Group, with its extensive range of environmentally friendly water and recycling services, works with its company EURAWASSER to provide its customer with high quality services – and always in a professional, future-oriented and sustainable way. Besides running the sewage treatment plants, the company is also responsible for the ca. 450km sewer network and numerous technical facilities. The comprehensive investment and renovation measures carried out to date have ensured that both the plants and network will last well into the future. Moreover, certificates are issued at regular intervals confirming that all quality standards have been met.
EURAWASSER’s sustainable work here, however, covers so much more than just its core areas of expertise. EURAWASSER is a well-known name in the region as a reliable employer.
By extending its portfolio of services, it has succeeded in more than doubling its workforce since 1996. Furthermore, since 2003, EURAWASSER has been responsible for cleaning the roads in Goslar as well as looking after its green spaces and keeping its streets free of snow and ice in winter. Besides being in charge of the business operations, the company also has environmental and social responsibilities. EURAWASSER supports, for example, sports, art and cultural events – making an important contribution to further improving quality of life in Goslar.
Looking after green spaces is just one of EURAWASSER’s many tasks
In addition to running the wastewater treatment operations in Goslar, EURAWASSER Betriebsführungsgesellschaft mbH also performs this work for the municipalities of Abbenrode and Stapelburg and the District of Nordharz in Saxony-Anhalt. EURAWASSER has also entered into a further partnership with the City of Einbeck and its districts that had previously belonged to Kreiensen. Here, too, they are delivering reliable and professional services, supplying the area with drinking water, treating its wastewater and operating its facilities and pipe networks.
|> Facts & Figures|
|Type of partnership||a cooperation model “Stadtentwässerung Goslar GmbH”|
|A PPP since||1996|
|Shareholders||51% City of Goslar|
|No. of employees||70|
|Areas of responsibility in Goslar||wastewater treatment, road cleaning services, winter services|
|No. of inhabitants in the catchment area||55,000|
|Total length of the sewer network||450km|
|Plants & facilities||1 sewage treatment plant, 14 wastewater pumping stations, 11 storage basins for rainwater, 4 storage basins for mixed water|