Accelerator RWW (Foto Jörn Wittenberg)
Hydrant mit Wasserstrahl, RWW

The Award


Subject of submission for the Mülheim Water Award 2024:

Innovations for a sustainable water management and safe and secure drinking water supply

We are looking for innovative, practice-relevant concepts as well as application-ready solutions to meet future challenges in water systems and water analysis.

Challenges for a sustainable water management and a responsible water use and –application require the rethinking of design and/or the improvement of business and technical processes as well as in the analysis and assessment of water quality.

The following focus topics are particularly addressed:

  • Non-Target Screening (NTS) and High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS)
  • Effect-based Analytics
  • PFAS – Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
  • PMT – Persistent, Mobile and Toxic substances
  • Green Analytical Chemistry
  • Digitalization, Automation, Big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • The adaption to changing structures because of demographic/structural/climate change.
  • Use, efficiency and protection of resources
  • Sustainability reporting – Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Operating cost optimisation
Chemistry lab (© pixabay jarmoluk_2815640)

Mülheim an der Ruhr

Water is of great importance in Mülheim. This can be seen from the addition of the name “an der Ruhr” (at the Ruhr) and the epithet “city at the river”. And water also plays an enormous role economically. Over the decades, modern, innovative companies from the water industry have settled and established themselves in Mülheim an der Ruhr and in the region, and they have also played a role in shaping developments in Germany. These are utility companies, suppliers of analytical systems, but also research institutes.

This well-functioning partnership in the water sector was ultimately one of the reasons for establishing the Mülheim Water Award as an innovation prize and placing it under the patronage of the Mayor of Mülheim.

Further information about Mülheim an der Ruhr can be found here.

View of Mülheim from the BroicherSchlagd


The competition is aimed at applicants from Europe and Israel. Applications are open to natural or legal persons, groups of persons or institutions with projects on innovative processes, solutions, products and concepts. Also in demand are new findings with a pronounced practical and application relevance for water management. The focus is on the applicability of the innovation.

All information on the call for entries for the Mülheim Water Award 2024 can be found here.

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A look back

The MWA Award 2018

The Mülheim Water Award was first granted in 2006. During the previous five competitions, more than 100 applications from 20 different European countries were received. The applications covered the entire range of water management.

Since 2017 the GERSTEL GmbH & Co. KG also supports the Mülheim Water Award next to RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH. Both are located in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Take a look at the previous awardees at here.