Drinking water reservoir gets new lease of life

A complex of six storage tanks for drinking water has been renovated, ensuring the long-term supply of drinking water for the town of Eisenhüttenstadt in the Oder-Spree region.

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The drinking water reservoirs in Eisenhüttenstadt have been entirely renovated.  © Trinkwasser- und Abwasserzweckverband Oderaue The drinking water reservoirs in Eisenhüttenstadt have been entirely renovated. © Trinkwasser- und Abwasserzweckverband Oderaue

" The planning, coordination and the site-supervision of the project were a challenge at different points. Especially organising a smooth construction progress, while maintaining drinking water supply, made high demands on all companies and also on the staff of the water supplier themselves. "

Eckhard Wolff, Dipl.-Ing.

The reservoir has a capacity of 17 600 m3, which is about a day’s supply of drinking water for the population of Eisenhüttenstadt and can serve as an emergency supply of drinking water for up to 24 hours. The main task of the reservoir, however, is not merely to store water, but rather to keep up the pressure in the water network – the reservoir is located at the highest point of the network area.

Renovation works for a high-quality water supply

Renovation had become necessary after 30 years of service. Built in 1982, the reservoir tanks’ many seams had to be renewed, even though the main concrete structures were still in a good condition. The works began with the refurbishment of the two biggest storage tanks, before moving on to the smaller ones. Current hygienic and technical standards were followed throughout.

Overall, an investment of EUR 4.5 million was necessary, with a 55 % co-funding from the European Regional Development Fund. For the Drinking Water and Wastewater Association (TAZV) Oderaue, which operates the reservoir, this was the most significant investment since 1996.

Thanks to the renovation of the reservoir, which will be finalised in 2015, the quality and quantity of the drinking water supply in the region can now be guaranteed for at least another 25 years.

Drinking water for Eisenhüttenstadt

The TAZV Oderaue was founded in 1993. It serves not only the town of Eisenhüttenstadt, but also 11 surrounding communes in the region close to the Polish border. Overall, more than 46 000 inhabitants are served by a network of 435 km of pipes, including four waterworks. The Eisenhüttenstadt reservoir is one of the five elevated drinking water tanks in the area.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Renovation of the drinking water reservoir in Eisenhüttenstadt” is EUR 4 509 650, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contributing EUR 3 480 300, through the “Brandenburg” Operational Programme, for the 2007-2013 programming period.

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