EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT was founded on December 14, 1899 as the very first water management association in Germany. Numerous other water associations were modelled after EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT, among them LIPPEVERBAND, founded on January 18, 1926. EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT and LIPPEVERBAND have worked closely together right from the start and under the umbrella of single organisational structure.
As a self-governed corporation under public law, EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT is funded by its members – cities, business, and the mining industry. The members assist in the opinion and decision-making process in the annual general assemblies and association council meetings.
The association has always stood for high professional competence. That is how EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT has always been able to set high standards, for example with their wastewater treatment plants. They have also done pioneering work in the dissemination and practical testing of technology for rainwater percolation.
Their key tasks include wastewater purification, ensuring proper drainage, floodwater protection, and waterway management. Around 2.2 million inhabitants live in the 865 square kilometres catchment area of the Emscher River between its source in Holzwickede and its confluence with the Rhine River at Dinslaken. EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT operates five large-scale wastewater treatment plants and 107 pump stations, and maintains 341 kilometres of waterways, of which 229 kilometres are closed sewer systems.
Their legal mandate is to safeguard public service provision for all citizens without pursuing any interests for personal financial gain. A further obligation is the continuous further development of the water association in order to offer optimised and low-cost services to communes and the industry.
The conversion of the Emscher river system, which has been in progress since the early nineties, is a part of the region’s multi-facetted change. To the EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT, art and culture are media which help make the conversion process become alive and comprehensible far away from technical jargon and constructional measures. They create tension, convey excitement and create lasting memories. Opposite to the force of technology, art dealing with the conversion of the Emscher river displays the power of artistic ideas. Through this, the EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT can address and reflect the social, historical and aesthetic processes of change in the Emscher valley.
Via their cultural projects, the EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT gets into conversation with the region’s people. The projects do not only accompany the change, but also bring it to life and let the people be a part of the changes around their home.
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