Red Cross uses new BERKEFELD® drinking water system for international aid operations

11 february 2015
Berkefeld press

Sabine Günnel of DRK Disaster Management together with Yannick Liedtke of Veolia Water Technologies at the acceptance of the Berkefeld drinking water treatment plant in Celle.

The newly developed plant produces up to 2 m3 of drinking water per hour and is the smallest model of the mobile drinking water treatment plant series. Sabine Guennel, a member of the German Red Cross (DRK) disaster management team, examined the system and is now starting the planning of its use in international aid operations. Officially, the plant will be handed over to the German Red Cross in Berlin next summer. Inspired by the initiative of a high school graduate at the Selma-Lagerlöff School in Ahrensburg/Northern Germany, almost €4,000 were collected at several graduation balls in the area and the money made available to the Red Cross for the development and procurement of a new drinking water treatment plant. Services worth a like sum were donated by Veolia Water Technologies.

The result of the new development is as notable as its background. A CeraMem® ceramic membrane for safe removal of germs and bacteria was selected as the core of the plant. This ceramic ultrafiltration membrane, contrary to the usual technology used, is very robust and easy to service. It withstands difficult transportation and, unlike customary membranes, it does not have to be elaborately protected from impurities outside the operating times. At the same time it achieves an outstanding treatment performance.
A further requirement is simple transport of the plant. The various modules are packed in boxes which weigh less than 50kg and fit in the trunk of a Jeep. The individual modules are selected according to the raw water quality and can be combined with each other in a kind of Plug&Play system. Disinfection is enabled by ultraviolet light or chlorine dosage, and an activated carbon module forms an additional barrier against bacteria. A further component for desalination will also be available. 
With its solutions for mobile water treatment, Veolia Water Technologies has for decades been represented in military and humanitarian operations. The treatment products TWA (drinking water treatment) and BERRO (reverse osmosis plants) support aid organisations such as the Red Crescent/Red Cross and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, as well as aid organisations around the world. 

 Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 187,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2013, the Veolia group supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €23.4 billion* in 2013.

(*) 2013 pro-forma unaudited figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France. Excluding Transdev employees and revenue currently under divestment.


Stefan Jakubic
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