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Risk of power blackouts



Wasser Berlin International 2017, which takes place in Berlin from 28 to 31 March 2017, shows what impacts a state of emergency and power blackouts can have on the supply of water.

 - If there is no electricity the supply of water can not be guaranteed
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If there is no electricity the supply of water can not be guaranteed

Being able to supply water in the event of a terror attack or an environmental disaster is an issue of life-saving importance. At Wasser Berlin International 2017 the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) will provide detailed information on how the federal government has prepared for emergencies of this kind.

Technical equipment for electricity breakdown

In accordance with the Federal Law Safeguarding Water Supplies more than 5,200 wells have been set up in major cities and conurbations to ensure emergency supplies of drinking water. This emergency supply concept will be explained on the basis of plans made for the city of Cologne. All the equipment required for a well that can independently supply drinking water even without electricity will be displayed. Items include a pump, power generator and communal taps as well as the corresponding electrical and water mains connections.

Methods of risk analysis

Furthermore, an advanced risk analysis method that functions as an important instrument for all municipal water authorities will be presented, using which they can assess their vulnerability in potentially high-risk situations. Other important aspects are the creation of contingency plans and preparations for emergency water supplies, against the backdrop of a long-term loss of electrical power, for example. The Technical Relief Organisation (THW) will also be on the stand of BBK in Hall 4.2 to provide information on drinking water supplies in emergencies.

Flood Management Symposium

On Wednesday, 29 March 2017, the Flood Management Symposium will take place on the topic of floods caused by extreme weather events and heavy rainfall. The symposium is being organised together with the Royal Dutch Embassy and will be held in the Experts Forum in Hall 4.2. Admission is included in a ticket to the fair.

About Wasser Berlin International

Wasser Berlin International is Germany's international marketing platform devoted to the topic of water where trade visitors can find products, services and solutions from every part of the water industry. The Wasser Berlin International Congress is in the format of an enclosed hall forum and an integral part of the fair. In 2015 Wasser Berlin International was held on a display area covering 36,000 square metres. 557 exhibitors from 26 countries were represented in Berlin, of whom 118 came from abroad. 22,686 trade visitors from 104 countries attended Wasser Berlin International 2015.