According to an announcement made by Dr Roland Socher, chairman of the Lausitz Water Association, the association’s results for 2015 had improved by 33% compared to the year before. One of the main reasons for this was, he said, the strong performance of Wasserverband Lausitz Betriebsführungs GmbH (more commonly referred to as WAL-Betrieb), an external service provider responsible for both the technical and commercial side of its operations.
WAL-Betrieb, a fully owned subsidiary of REMONDIS Aqua, has been collaborating with the water association, which is based in Senftenberg in the south of the German state of Brandenburg, for many years now. This close cooperation is clearly reflected in the water association’s business success. WAL’s customers have also benefited from this success with their fees and charges having remained stable for around 16 years now. “We will not be putting up our charges next year either even though the number of people living in the region continues to fall,” Roland Socher announced. The lower interest rates have also had a positive impact on the business results.
The chairman of the local water association explained that they would be continuing to look at the options to restructure their debt so as to keep their interest charges as low as possible. As a result, it may even be possible to implement future investment projects without having to take out new loans. The largest project currently being undertaken by WAL is the construction of a sewage system in Kostebrau which will cost around two million euros.
Other projects are to follow in 2017/2018 including the extension work on the Tettau Waterworks which will then take over from the region’s current drinking water supply system. Looking ahead, though, the majority of the investment activities will be focusing on renovation or replacement work.
WAL-Betrieb took over the operation of all of the water-related plants and facilities owned by the Lausitz Water Association in 2006. Since then, it has been responsible for supplying drinking water and treating wastewater in the region. WAL-Betrieb serves around 120,000 local residents as well as numerous industrial and commercial businesses.
Dr Roland Socher, Chairman of the Water Association