Two winners for the Mülheim Water Award 2014

In 2014 the international jury decided in favour of two projects.

The first winning project titled “Aware-P” was carried out by Dr. Helena Alegre from LNEC – National Laboratory for Civil Engineering – in Lisbon and her project team. The project provides an excellent contribution to structured infrastructure asset management in water companies. To this end, instruments for the different planning levels from strategic to concrete operational decisions were developed. The impressive breadth of applications in Europe, the USA and Australia shows the transferability of the approach, particularly for water companies with different levels of development.

Preisverleihung 2014, RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH

Award Ceremony 2014, RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH

The second winning project, submitted by Cora Uijterlinde, Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research STOWA in Amersfoort, and her project team is titled “Development of the aerobic granular biomass Nereda sustainable technology”, which is a substantial development of the activated sludge process for biological wastewater treatment. The innovative core is the industrially established use of granular aerobic sludge. This leads to significant savings in investment and operating costs. In particular, a lower energy demand and smaller tank volumes are needed compared to conventional activated sludge processes.

The Lord Mayoress of Muelheim, Mrs. Dagmar Mühlenfeld, conducted the award ceremony on the 28th October 2014 during the award dinner held in the course of the Disinfection by-products in drinking water Conference DBP 2014 (27th – 20th of October 2014 in Muelheim an der Ruhr).