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South African deputy minister visits AVK to learn about water technology

South African Deputy Minister visits Denmark to learn about water technology


Denmark is providing leading edge water supply and wastewater management solutions and has one of the lowest non-revenue water rates in the world. This is even supported by net energy producing wastewater treatment plants and the Danish model thus provides something very special.

Danish leading edge water technology

Representatives from water industries around the world are interested in experiencing the Danish water supply and wastewater management to evaluate how the technologies can be transferred to improve the water supply sector in their parts of the world.

Recently, the South African Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation and a delegation of high ranking officials representing the South African government, the Danish Embassy in Pretoria and Rand Water, which is one of the world’s largest water utilities, decided to invest in the future and strenghten their partnerships with the Danish water industry.

They came to visit two Danish water utilities, HOFOR and Aarhus Vand, showcasing some of the leading technologies and sustainable solutions within water supply and wastewater management. Their visit also included a stop by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food and a business-to-government workshop hosted by AVK.

Improving the water supply globally

At the workshop the Danish industry and the South African representatives got the opportunity to discuss potential future partnerships. Some of the challenges and future projects in South Africa were outlined and the companies representing the Danish water industry shortly introduced themselves and their services.

Grundfos, NIRAS, Kamstrup, Danfoss, DHI, ecoBETA, BWT and AVK attended the workshop together with the South African delegation.

HOFOR is the water utility of greater Copenhagen and supplies Copenhagen and a large number of the surrounding cities not only with water but also wastewater discharge, district heating, city gas and district cooling.

The aim is to create sustainable cities based on environmentally sound solutions.

Aarhus Vand
The second largest water utility company in Denmark is Aarhus Vand and they are working with the entire lifecycle of water – from tap water until the purified wastewater from both households and industries is returned to the nature.

Water and wastewater facilities are usually high energy consumers but at Marselisborg Wastewater Treatment Plant they have reduced the energy consumption significantly by optimising all processes. In 2015 their net energy production was 153%. Also Egaa Wastewater Treatment Plant is energy self-sufficient and even produces 50% more energy than what is consumed.


AVK Centre of Excellence

We have been present in South Africa for more than 25 years. In 2015 our own production facilities were established and made us able to provide a full range of products, technical support and solutions to the South African Water Industry. Our activities in South Africa have created more than 200 new jobs and with the AVK Academy we have a customer training, development and valve solution center for the whole region with classroom training, technical seminars and practical learning facilities.

Our aim is to provide training and assist the South African water industry to develop experience, knowledge and skills locally. Our vision is not only to serve the South African market but to create a competitive manufacturing, engineering and technical Centre of Excellence for the entire Sub Sahara water market.

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