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Emergency mobile drinking water


National German relief organisation THW receives eight mobile Berkefeld drinking water plants with CeraMem® ceramic membrane ultrafiltration.

Eight water treatment systems have been developed for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) by Berkefeld, a Veolia Water Technologies subsidiary.

The THW water treatment specialist teams are equipped with the type TWA 15 UF transportable systems. The modular, highly-mobile water systems encompass various state-of-the-art technologies which can be combined with each other depending on the water quality available in the emergency area.

The plants provide the agency with a Germany-wide network of water treatment facilities which also fulfil the German Drinking Water Regulations.

  • Disaster relief worldwide
  • Emergency municipal supply in Germany

The THW offers itself as a partner to the German drinking water suppliers for planned or unforeseen cases of temporary emergency supply. 

Key technology: Veolia's Ceramem® ceramic membrane

Ceramem membrane
CeraMem Ceramic Membrane Technology.

The plant's core component is a highly-effective CeraMem® ceramic ultrafiltration membrane with a pore width of 0.1 μm by which viruses and germs are reliably removed from the water. The ceramic membrane is structured as a monolith block and therefore is especially stable.

In addition, disinfection with ultraviolet light and chlorination ensures a safe drinking water quality. Upstream are a coagulation and adsorption unit as well as pre-filtration with automatically back-washable discfilters.

The system also includes a storage unit for 40m3 of drinking water and a distribution and sludge disposal module.

Modular and easy to use

Depending on the combination of the process steps, a TWA 15 UF system provides up to 15m3/hour of clean drinking water to supply up to about 2,400 inhabitants if the water is fed into the grid or about 18,000 if it is distributed in canisters.

Due to the modular concept, these water treatment plants can be transported to the action site in commercial aircraft and trucks, erected without great effort and quickly put into operation. The predominantly auto­matic control and the reduced need for chemicals ease the efforts of the aid workers on-site.