World Water Skills at IFAT Munich

1./2. June 2022

The established concept of the professional competition, which takes place at IFAT Munich since 2010, has been expanded and now is named World Water Skills.

The DWA has begun to bring its competitions to international platforms, thus promoting the profession of specialist in water technology worldwide.

  • We show the public how multifaceted and demanding a workplace is in technical environmental protection and help to break down the classic prejudices of the wastewater industry.
  • We show that even without an academic degree, you can still work in a varied and demanding field in technical environmental protection.
  • We motivate trainees and experienced professionals to deal with standards and rules and regulations and thus to develop skills, to acquire knowledge, to perfect it and to demonstrate it in a public competitive situation.
  • We offer our professionals an event where they can compete and exchange ideas with national and international colleagues.
  • We promote young talents and create the opportunity to compare oneself with the best in the world, thereby increasing the reputation of the water industry on international level.
  • We offer you the opportunity to take part in an exciting event and at the same time to meet all the important companies and contact persons in our industry on one spot.

All this is offered by the World Water Skills of the DWA and IFAT Munich.

What is going on?

Station 1: Occupational safety and health protection


The participants carry out work that is defined as "hazardous work" by law. This requires knowledge and skills of the relevant health and safety regulations. The workflow of safe boarding is checked and evaluated.

Station 2: Repair and maintenance


This station will be all about agitators. After reading the data of a vibration, an error has been detected. After professional and safe disassembly the agitator must be repaired and after reassembly correctly to be put into operation. Finally, the data of the vibration sensor have to be checked again. At IFAT 2020 in Munich, the companies KSB and Mitsubishi Electric support this station.

Station 3: Measurement, control and regulation operational monitoring


1. Installation and commissioning of a pilot plant
The participants set up a pilot plant and take it into operation. The participants set up the test facility, install the sensors, put it into operation, adjust and document the measured values. In addition, various body and area calculations can be queried.

2. Operational monitoring of a wastewater treatment plant
The participants must be able to measure and evaluate an unknown disturbance out of a water or waste water sample. The analysis is carried out by means of a cell test and photometer. In addition, they must be able to produce a dilution series, whereby they must carry out the calculation for this.


Station 4: Process control


Here, the participants demonstrate their knowledge of wastewater treatment plants. A specific wastewater treatment plant is depicted by the magnetic cards. Process flow diagram and measurement setups are described. Operational disruption situations are queried and the sampling is visualised. Through this task, the participants show their competencies in process engineering. They can depict the technical procedures, recognise and solve problems and master difficult situations. Alongside the wastewater treatment, sewage sludge disposal is also handled. Energetic questions and questions on state monitoring values and their compliance are also part of the task. The task is to be processed with within a fixed time limit and then assessed by the jury. The participants are also given tips on how to improve.

For this, the DWA’s training box Wastewater Technology is used also as a special simulation software from Hydromentics.