The project, which is being carried out jointly by the Papier- und (PKV) and the Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV), will receive a grant in the amount of planned, will receive a grant of 500,000 euros. OOWV and PKV are now pushing ahead with the next next steps for project planning and approval. In a statement, PKV managing director Ulrich Lange refers to the "good success" of the pilot test at the Varel wastewater treatment plant. He hopes the funding approval will have a signal effect. "We hope that this cross-sector approach to resource conservation of not only water, but also raw materials and recyclables, as well as energy and heat. There are still many synergies to be leveraged in the cross-industry and cross-company cycles, if they are not just tackled individually, but together." Kerstin Krömer, project manager at OOWV, sees the funding commitment as a further boost for water recycling concepts. tailwind for water reuse concepts. According to her, treated wastewater was hardly as a resource in Germany for many years. That is currently changing fundamentally. "Due to "The increased demand for water in the context of rising hydrogen production will reinforce this development will intensify once again," says the expert. In a statement issued by the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection, the cooperation between PKV and OOWV "as an example of the strategic reorientation of the water management and the creation of local and regional concepts." According to According to Environment Minister Christian Meyer, it shows "how climate change adaptation can look like in the water management can look like".
Following the funding approval, both PKV and OOWV are now preparing corresponding project applications in their committees. If the green light is given on both sides, the realization of a large-scale plant could start as early as next year. After completion, up to 975,000 cubic meters can be flow from the Varel wastewater treatment plant to the plant around two kilometers away.
The Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection is supporting the project as part of the "Adaptation of water management to climate change" funding program, the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate to the effects of the climate crisis and to establish an integrated and sustainable water water quantity management, with 8.2 million euros. In the first of a total of three of three application rounds, 37 of the 52 projects submitted have now been approved for funding.