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

  • Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband

    Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband

    Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband (EGLV), one of the biggest sewerage providers in Germany, wishes to have an independent review undertaken of the investment and reinvestment volumes calculated by its own staff for the next 30 years.
    The procedures for investments and those for reinvestments are fundamentally different. For investment expenditures, comparisons are made with overall project budgets and the current completion status. For reinvestment expenditures, the selected calculation approach is checked in terms of its methodological and content-related correctness, as are the assumptions as to what is customary in the industry.
    As a result, the impacts of the discovered implausibilities on the future investment volumes are evaluated and compared to an estimate of the adjustment costs required for correction.
  • Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unit Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unit

    Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unit

    Lake Constance Water Supply Association is divided into various organizational units including “Operations” and “Planning & Construction”. A unit for central asset management is now to be established within this structure.
    Fichtner provides knowledge of setting up asset management organizations and assists with investigating the understanding of roles and tasks as well as the distribution of responsibilities between the “Operations” and “Planning & Construction” organizational units and the management level.
    The first step is to illustrate the currently practiced understanding of roles in asset management as opposed to project control and management as well as operational maintenance, to identify weaknesses and to come up with possible future options for the organizational structure. Following an evaluation of the options, the resulting understanding of roles is discussed and the next steps for implementation are defined.
  • ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposes ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposes

    ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposes

    Under international accountancy standard IAS 16, ZESCO is required to routinely check its asset stock and revaluate it to comply with international accountancy, insurance and risk management stipulations. Fichtner assists ZESCO in drawing up the terms of reference to enlist the services of an asset valuator, develop an asset management policy, manage the procurement process, provide project management, and supervise the valuator.
  • Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworks Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworks

    Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworks

    Leipzig’s municipal water utility plans to construct a waterworks at a new site after the preliminary planning at a previous site failed to produce optimum results.
    In this context, Fichtner has been contracted to conduct a value management study. The first stage of the value management process includes the preparation and information phase. Subsequently, an interdisciplinary team of experts performs a functional analysis of the waterworks’ primary and secondary functions, with ideas being generated in the creative phase for implementing these. These ideas are evaluated by the team of experts, adapted to the new site and consolidated into solution approaches by means of a morphological matrix. In the second stage of the value management process, the original preliminary planning concept is adapted to the project status, systematically reviewed, and studied and assessed for further optimization and cost-reduction potential together with the team of experts.
    Finally, one option is recommended for further planning.
  • Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plant Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plant

    Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plant

    Eifel-Rur Water Board operates a large-scale sewage treatment plant in Düren, which needs to modernized and expanded in future.
    Fichtner has been contracted to devise a modernization concept for the plant by conducting a value management study involving various experts. The modernization is to encompass not only repairs, but also functional / procedural optimizations.
    Multiple workshops are held with wastewater engineering experts in order to come up with, evaluate and develop ideas. Fichtner then clusters these ideas into solution alternatives, quantifies and prices them. Following this, the resulting alternatives are assessed by the ex-perts in a cost-benefit analysis to allow the preferred alternative to emerge in a transparent process.
    The value management study is accompanied by regular reporting to relevant stakeholders such as the steering committee of the water board’s council or the district government.
  • 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.

Your contact for Water resources

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