Water analysis Conducting and evaluating physical-chemical and microbiological water testing in accordance with the German Drinking Water Ordinance and other relevant legal regulations.
Testing of products and devices Initial testing of products and materials in contact with drinking water. Our Test Centre is accredited for more than 200 different product standards according to DIN EN ISO 17025. Test and develop UV technology.
Treatment technologies Develop sustainable water supply concepts. Implement, monitor and optimise new technologies. Test and further develop existing treatment methods.
Micropollutants and microorganisms Develop and improve the method of determination using cutting-edge equipment. Investigate the presence, behaviour and retention of inorganic and organic micropollutants in the water cycle and drinking water treatment.
Network management and drinking water installation Microbiological quality change, deposit formation and cleaning and optimisation of the distribution network operation. Evaluate and analyse corrosion damage.
Risk management Support for water supply companies to establish a Water Safety Plan. Benefit from our extensive expertise.
Environmental biotechnology and contaminated sites Evaluation of the decomposition potential at contaminated locations. Development of sustainable ways to eliminate pollutants from the environment. Employ a combination of microbiological and technical methods.
Resource protection Protection of water resources, risk management in water catchment areas
Environmental biotechnology Technical and biological methods for the elimination of microorganisms, microbiological degradation processes
Microorganisms Developing and applying reliable and sensitive detection methods, evaluating disinfection and treatment measures
Micropollutants Determination of micropollutants, transformation products and microplastics reliably and sensitively, investigate behaviour in the water cycle, qualified risk assessment
Waste water and water cycle Use of biological decomposition, developing integrated water supply and waste water management concepts
New technologies and products Testing and optimizing processes and products to treat, disinfect and post-process drinking water for efficiency, security and robustness
Asset management and infrastructure Development of management strategies and innovative tools to evaluate the condition of the supply network and its components
Safety and security, digitalisation and management Digital transformation in public drinking water supply, increase the safety and security of drinking water supply
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Not only water - Analysis of organic micro-pollutants in complex environmental samples
TZW’s name „German Water Centre“ does not reflect fully its program anymore when it comes to the analysis of organic micropollutants. Since years,…Read more
Condition-based flushing strategy newly included in DVGW Rule W 291
In order to provide drinking water of the highest quality at all times, water supply companies flush their drinking water pipes. The "condition-based…Read more
New research project: Transport of microorganisms in groundwater
The DFG-funded PrePat project aims to show how bacteria, viruses and antibiotic resistance genes are transported in groundwater. To this end, the…Read more
Monitoring technology to assess the condition of shut-off valves even more accurately
The maintenance and servicing of infrastructure elements in the water industry (asset management) includes the condition assessment of shut-off valves…Read more
Drinking water treatment safely managed
The treatment of raw water into drinking water takes place invisibly behind filter columns, pipes and treatment equipment in waterworks. Even the…Read more
Lowering of the lead value in the EU drinking water directive
Due to its high toxicity, the limit value of the heavy metal lead for drinking water has been lowered more and more in the past decades. Especially…Read more
New EU project ZeroPM aims at zero pollution from persistent, mobile substances
Persistent, mobile (PM) substances are being recognized as serious threats to the safety of water resources. In many cases, drinking water supplies…Read more
BMBF Innovation Atlas: Software tool for risk management in the water supply sector
In the "Innovation Atlas Water" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which can be accessed online, the TZW is represented with a…Read more
Annual report 2020: Insights into the work of TZW
Digitalisation in water supply, climate change, SARS-CoV2 in wastewater and much more: the recently published Annual Report 2020 offers figures, data,…Read more
Persistent and mobile organic trace contaminants require continuously adapted methods
Organic micropollutants with very high polarity are not only an analytical challenge. If they are also persistent, they pose a challenge for water…Read more
Findings from 3.5 years of microplastic research in the Danube catchment area
Since 2017, the joint research project MicBin has been investigating how plastics and, in particular, so-called microplastics get into rivers, what…Read more
Evaluation criteria of the KTW-BWGL mandatory since 21 March 2021
On 21 March 2019, the German Environment Agency (UBA) published “evaluation criteria for plastics and other organic materials in contact with drinking…Read more
The Digital Water Utility of the Future
How can water utilities gain profit of new digital technologies and what will they look like in the future? The Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC)…Read more
New project for the inspection of drinking water pipelines during operation
Optical inspection systems are already in widespread use in the wastewater sector. A recently launched DVGW research project is to explore the…Read more
TZW is starting 2021 with a new, future-oriented organisational structure. At the end of the year, two long-standing heads of department retired. "We…Read more
Water knows no borders
Just as water bodies transcend borders, research topics are dealt with on an international and interdisciplinary basis. TZW: DVGW-Technologiezentrum…Read more
Sino-German Water Supply Network (SIGN)
The Sino-German Water Supply Network (SIGN) is a joint project that has been running since 2015 with BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)…Read more
TZW and PUB Singapore jointly research nanoparticle analysis in water reuse
The cooperation between the Singapore National Water Agency PUB and TZW lasts since June 2014 with several projects being worked on. The research…Read more
New EU Drinking Water Directive: Regulations for PFASs are analytically only partly feasible
The draft of the new EU Drinking Water Directive regulates per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) for the first time. These industrially…Read more
TZW research on SARS-CoV-2 in the aquatic environment
On behalf of the DVGW, scientists at TZW evaluated and summarised about 300 studies and other literature on SARS-CoV-2. This provides the current…Read more
What UV LEDs can do for drinking water disinfection
LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have become environmentally friendly and cost efficient alternatives to previously used light sources in many areas of…Read more
TZW Board of trustees holds its 25th meeting online
On 8 July 2020, the Board of Trustees of TZW met for the 25th time. The keynote lecture on SARS-CoV 2 from a water management perspective, which was…Read more
Asset management with system and innovative technology
Tailor-made concepts for the asset management and the operation of drinking water distribution systems are the essential basis for a sustainable and…Read more
Assessing relevant chemicals for drinking water
When small, polar and mobile substances are discussed as water contaminants, scientists often speak of PMT/vPvM substances, PMOC, SMS and hot-targets…Read more
MALDI-TOF-MS for species identification in drinking water microbiology
In the past few years a new and innovative method has been developed to quickly identify microorganisms – MALDI-TOF-MS (matrix-assisted laser…Read more
The new drinking water directive has a strong emphasis on risk management
Precautionary planning and risk-based approaches are addressed in the current EC drinking water directive. But their significance shall be emphasised…Read more
Rhine Ministerial Conference adopts quantitative reduction targets for micropollutants
The 16th Rhine Ministerial Conference took place in Amsterdam on 13 February 2020. The ministries responsible for water protection in the Rhine…Read more
GWRC-Factsheet Covid-19 Virus
As the COVID-19 Virus associated respiratory disease is rapidly spreading worldwide, a fact sheet published by GWRC (Global Water Research Coalition)…Read more
Microplastic: New method for the analysis of water samples
TZW has established a new method for the analysis of microplastic particles in water samples down to 5 μm particle size.This is an important step to…Read more
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