REMONDIS Aqua has been collaborating with the municipal utilities company, Stadtwerke Gemünden am Main, since 2005 – working as its private sector partner responsible for the technical operations of the city’s wastewater facilities. The partners used the public private partnership’s ten-year anniversary to sum up their successful collaboration and take a look at their future work together.
Representatives of the utilities company and REMONDIS Aqua travelled to the Gemünden central sewage treatment plant in October to celebrate the successful work carried out by the public private partnership over the last ten years. They were joined by guests from the worlds of business and politics including Thomas Schiebel, district administrator of the Main-Spessart district, and Mayor Jürgen Lippert.
REMONDIS Aqua’s role in the public private partnership with the Gemünden utilities company includes operating the central sewage treatment plant and the approx. 120km sewage network.
The Gemünden central sewage treatment plant serves over 12,000 local residents living in 13 different districts. REMONDIS Aqua is responsible for the technical operations of the plant which was built with REMONDIS’ help to replace five smaller sewage treatment plants located around the region. Thanks to this modern facility, the wastewater produced by the city and neighbouring districts has been able to be treated far more efficiently helping to keep wastewater charges stable.
”Gemünden is a great example of how mutual trust can create the basis for long-term, successful collaboration work.“
Michael Figge, Area Manager at REMONDIS Aqua
The Gemünden utilities company and REMONDIS Aqua joined forces to create a sustainable business – as always working for the future. Both partners decided right at the start that state-of-the-art technology should be deployed at the central sewage treatment plant. The ten-year anniversary celebrations, therefore, were also used to present the TetraPhos© system, a process developed and patented by REMONDIS Aqua which enables phosphoric acid to be recovered from sewage sludge ash.
A milestone well worth celebrating: Thomas Schiebel, district administrator of the Main-Spessart district (left), presenting Henry Bürgermeister, plant manager of REMONDIS Aqua Gemünden, with a gift basket
REMONDIS Aqua has been looking into ways of recovering phosphorus for many years now. Their goal is not only to use the phosphorus to make fertilisers but – and above all – to produce valuable phosphates for industrial businesses. Their innovative TetraPhos© process enables high quality phosphoric acid to be recovered from sewage sludge ash. This acid is an important source material for producing phosphorus compounds which can, in turn, be used to manufacture a whole range of different products.