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Water is one of the elements that people in Schwerin most often come across. This beautiful town – the capital city of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – lies on the second-largest lake in north Germany and attracts many tourists every year. With summers getting warmer and longer, the local authorities recently decided to install new drinking fountains in the centre of its city.
People out shopping, jogging around the Pfaffenteich or on a sightseeing trip around the town now have an additional way to fill up their water bottles. The water company, Wasserversorgungs- und Abwasserentsorgungsgesellschaft (WAG), a successful partnership between the city authority’s utilities company Stadtwerke Schwerin and REMONDIS Aqua’s subsidiary EURAWASSER, has now installed two further public drinking fountains. Located in the busiest areas of the town, these two modern stainless steel fountains and an older historical fountain supply drinking water to all who need it. This service will not only benefit the people walking around the city on a hot summer’s day. This high quality tap water is also a resource-friendly alternative to buying bottled water. “It is one of the most strictly controlled foodstuffs, saves money and reduces volumes of waste – especially plastic bottles,” explained WAG managing director Hanno Nispel.
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Having installed the drinking fountains, WAG is now responsible for operating and maintaining them. Just one of its many tasks – as this service provider is also in charge of supplying top quality and environmentally friendly drinking water across the city and to the twelve districts belonging to the Schweriner Umland water association. Moreover, WAG also manages the town’s wastewater operations. To be able to deliver all these services, this public private joint venture employs 87 people and runs two waterworks, four pressure booster stations, a sewage treatment plant and almost 400 wastewater pumping stations as well as all the pipes across the networks.
It is hardly surprising that sustainable development is of central importance to a “water business” – and not just when it comes to its workforce, technology and operations. A look at WAG’s ‘Sustainable Development Principles’ shows that the company is committed to “sustainably protecting water both as a natural habitat and as a vital resource for our and all future generations”. And so it also stands to reason that WAG is involved in educational campaigns: it runs its own drinking water educational trail, visits schools to teach children all about the importance of water and supports local grassroots sports clubs.
“Pulling” their first glass of water from the new drinking fountain close to Schwerin’s Pfaffenteich (from left to right): Mayor of Schwerin Dr Rico Badenschier, WAG Managing Directors Hanno Nispel and Petra Beyer, City Leader Sebastian Ehlers and Gert Rudolf, Chair of the town council’s CDU/FDP parliamentary party