The Emschergenossenschaft


The Emschergenossenschaft is the manager of the Emscher river catchment covering 865 square km. It is with about 2 million inhabitants a densely populated region and the biggest industrial agglomeration in Europe.

Emschergenossenschaft, founded in 1899 as a public body, is financed by municipalities, mining companies and other industrial companies. Through the collaboration with the Lippeverband, Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband form the biggest water association and operator of waste water treatment plants in Germany.

Emschergenossenschaft focuses on a modern, innovative and sustainable water management in public responsibility. The main tasks are waste water management, maintenance and development of surface waters as well as flood protection. The experience and the know-how collected in the course of a century of work is the basis for all its activities - without losing sight of the future regional needs. The current modification of the Emscher system, covering 4.4 billion Euro, is the biggest infrastructural project in Europe - as well as the best example for the ecological and technical challenges to which Emschergenossenschaft rises. It symbolises Emschergenossenschaft\\\\\\\'s modern and sustainable working approach, which is also represented in other topics the organisation faces - such as demographic changes, economic developments or climate change and its consequences for water management.

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