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The history of Bützow’s public water supply network began 100 years ago. Whilst each property had got their drinking water from their own small wells prior to this, everyone had access to the public system in 1916 following the construction of the waterworks and water tower.
Being able to get drinking water from our tap whenever we want is taken as a given nowadays. In Bützow, the drinking water is sourced from four wells 45 to 60 metres deep in the ground and then processed in the waterworks. The extracted raw water is aerated with oxygen from the air via a special mixer and then passed through three filter vessels. The treated water is then temporarily stored in two screened water tanks (each able to hold 750m³) before being fed into the pipe network via four pumps.
“Nowadays, people take it for granted that they can turn on their tap whenever they want and get the right amount and right quality of drinking water. Only a very small number of them know just how complex it actually is to treat the drinking water.”
Christian Grüschow, Mayor of Bützow and Chairman of WAZ
Acting on behalf of its client, WAZ (Güstrow-Bützow-Sternberg Water and Wastewater Association), EURAWASSER Nord GmbH supplies households, industrial businesses and commercial firms in Bützow, Rühn and Steinhagen with around 1,550m³ of drinking water via its 77km long pipe network every single day. All of its customers – whether they be one of the approx. 8,900 local residents, at Bützow Prison or at Warnow Hospital – know that they will always receive top quality drinking water. “Nowadays, people take it for granted that they can turn on their tap whenever they want and get the right amount and right quality of drinking water. Only a very small number of them know just how complex it actually is to treat the drinking water,” commented Christian Grüschow, Mayor of Bützow and Chairman of WAZ.
All water-related plants and facilities must be run using state-of-the-art technology. Robert Ristow, managing director of EURAWASSER Nord GmbH, described some of the investment projects that they had carried out over the last few years: “We have built up a top quality supply network. Focus here was put on renewing the water pumps as well as the switching station and the electrical system. Moreover, money was spent on a new well and on the transformer station. All in all, these investments amounted to around 400,000 euros.”
WAZ and EURAWASSER celebrated this 100th anniversary by organising an Open Day on 17 September to shine a light on the waterworks in Bützow. Diverse information booths and water-related games were set up on the plant’s grounds providing an entertaining time for young and old. Moreover, the schoolchildren were also able to find out about the career and apprenticeship opportunities offered by the water sector.