Greater efficiency for the water and sanitation sector

Dynamic developments in the water and sanitation sector are underestimated by many market participants, overshadowed,to some extent, by the fundamental changes afoot in the global energy economy . Nevertheless, the water thematic (not to mention the water-enery nexus) is a key core FMC work area. We support numerous water supply and sanitation providers in targeted further development of their enterprises.

  • Strategic orientation

    In close cooperation with our client, we develop robust ideas for future requirements and support you in assessing required capacities, qualifications, technologies and concepts.

  • Organizational development

    Thanks to our in-depth grasp of the water supply and sanitation sector, we have advised numerous water companies to set up new, and enhance existing, organizational structures.

  • Process optimization and efficiency upgrades

    With our in-depth sector know-how, we systematically support our clients in identifying bona fide and realistic efficiency raising potentials, and in implementing these.

  • Asset management

    Together with our clients, we develop water asset management organizations, work out technical concepts for strategic and operative asset management with the client, and implement IT solutions jointly with our sister company FICHTNER IT Consulting.

  • Value engineering

    Our experts from a range of disciplines assist you by shedding light on major projects to identify optimization possibilities regarding costs, time and quality. When doing so, they routinely attain notable successes.


References for typical projects

  • RWW: Review of the strategy map RWW: Review of the strategy map

    RWW: Review of the strategy map

    So as to be able to continue to concentrate resources on key topics, together with Fichtner, the RWW's strategy roadmap is reviewed and further developed, particularly for the engineering sector. For this purpose, the planned strategic initiatives are formulated and, in doing so, the complexity of the strategic initiatives is reduced, with the proposals referred to a uniform standard, then ranked in order of priority, an estimate is made of the required resource input, and a timetable is drawn up. The result is, a logically consistent and transparent representation of the strategic initiatives of the engineering sector covering the years until 2024.
  • Berliner Wasserbetriebe: Analysis of the organizational and process organization, investigation of potentials for efficiency enhancement and cost reduction Berliner Wasserbetriebe: Analysis of the organizational and process organization, investigation of potentials for efficiency enhancement and cost reduction

    Berliner Wasserbetriebe: Analysis of the organizational and process organization, investigation of potentials for efficiency enhancement and cost reduction

    The project aim was to analyze the staff-line and organizational procedures, as well as investigate ways to upgrade efficiency and cut costs for a German water and waste water company . The services FMC provided were involving the designing of an organizational structure from the ground up while taking the respective cost structures into account. Furthermore, a benchmark-based approach was also applied to estimate the cost-reducing potential for the entire company. As a result, a new organizational structure was developed and cost-reducing potentials were identified for all core and ancillary processes, along with an evaluation of the benchmark findings together with the managers concerned in a series of workshops. On that basis, exploitable potentials and ways to implement these were also identified. FMC provided also assistance in presenting and communicating the project results in the political committees.
  • OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure

    OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure

    FMC derived on basis of the strategic objectives the strategic business units and based on those a process model has been defined for the water and waste water company. Based on the process model the operational structure with approximately 700 employees was fundamentally reviewed together with the management and a new organizational structure was developed with the aid of a "Greenfield" approach. The essential processes, in particular relating to the roles between "Asset Management" and "Asset Service" have been optimized and job descriptions adapted. Furthermore, FMC developed as part of a permanent establishment concept a regional structure for all locations. Based on the process model, the new organizational structure, optimized processes and the permanent establishment concept led FMC to a benchmark based personnel assessment and the identification of areas for action. With the help of scenario analysis potential future developments were also taken into account.
  • Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach

    Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach

    The aim of the project was to improve the fundamentals and scheme of the existing asset management approach for a German water utility and thus internally and externally to increase transparency, sustainability and the benefits of investment and restructuring decisions. The methods used by FMC included the application of the principles of asset management organization, the basics of organizational development, process optimization and a professional approach to operating Asset Management. As a result, a newly developed organizational structure for the whole company arose. Also, the roles between Asset Management and Services were sharpened and the vertices of the functional specification are now available.
  • EBRD, Kyrgyzstan: Foundation of a new company EBRD, Kyrgyzstan: Foundation of a new company

    EBRD, Kyrgyzstan: Foundation of a new company

    A Municipal Council of Kyrgyzstan approached the EBRD with an inquiry concerning financing of rehabilitation of its water supply system and some upgrades in the sanitation system. The services FMC provided were assistance to the Bank to set up, together with the supply utility, a new company and to ensure that the institutional structure and financial situation were acceptable as a counterpart to the Bank.
  • State Capital Stuttgart: Foundation and configuration of an independent water utility State Capital Stuttgart: Foundation and configuration of an independent water utility

    State Capital Stuttgart: Foundation and configuration of an independent water utility

    The services FMC provided were assistance in the process of founding and configuring an independent water utility by analyzing the economic and technical situation along with the development of approaches for unbundling and evaluating the supply network. In addition, FMC identified synergy potentials by combining the tasks of wastewater disposal and water supply. As a result, the outcome was the development of a new organizational model.

Your contact for Water resources

Dr. Bernd Gagsch / Executive Board Member
Dr. Bernd Gagsch / Executive Board Member