Zhytomyrvodokanal - Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband

International partner


The municipal utility Zhytomyrvodokanal is the largest service provider in the Zhytomyr region. It is one of 250 so-called Vodokanal companies that are centrally responsible for drinking water supply and wastewater disposal in the region.

The central fields of activity of the company are:

  • Central drinking water supply and wastewater disposal;
  • Execution of construction, installation and repair work on the supply networks;
  • Laboratory analysis services for drinking water and wastewater.

Lead partner

Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband

The Emschergenossenschaft / Lipperverband, headquartered in Essen, is a special-law water management association and a public corporation responsible for water maintenance, wastewater drainage and treatment, groundwater management and the regulation of mining consequences in the Emscher catchment area with around 2.2 million inhabitants between Dortmund and Duisburg.



The Project

The background of the project is the establishment of a solidarity partnership between the Zhytomyrvodokanal and the Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband. Due to the current war situation in Ukraine, the focus is on the procurement of necessary technical equipment. In particular, the energy and water supply is repeatedly interrupted in many Ukrainian cities. The country needs a lot of support to restore these central elements of public services. This support is to be provided through a partnership between Emschergenossenschaft and Zhytomyrvodokanal on several levels.


The objectives are, on the one hand, the exchange of know-how and experience on various topics in water management and, on the other hand, the procurement of necessary material goods for the partner Zhytomyrvodokanal in Ukraine.

A regular exchange between the two operators is planned. The exchange is to cover various topics such as the optimisation of sewage treatment plant operation, the maintenance of sewers and sewage treatment plants and the initial operation of new sewage treatment plants.


The exchange of expertise will take place online and may be supplemented by face-to-face meetings in the form of mutual visits by the persons involved in the project, if necessary. This exchange is intended to help operators support each other in carrying out operations more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

The Emschergenossenschaft organises the procurement of necessary technical equipment and the subsequent transport to Ukraine. As soon as the material goods have arrived and been handed over in Ukraine, they can be used to maintain the drinking water supply and wastewater disposal systems and thus support the local people.


Photo above: Teteriv River in Zhytomyr | Photo: Alex Shestakov, Adobe Stock


Project profile



Zhytomyrvodokanal, Zhytomyr


Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband

Focal areas

Optimisation of sewage treatment plant operation

Maintenance of sewers and sewage treatment plants

Initial operation of newly built wastewater treatment plants