Sustainable Engineering


Egypt is known as a country with a lack of water and has an ever-increasing need for fresh water. The existing public sewage treatment plants are not able to meet national and international standards due to a lack of know-how, inadequate technical standards and overloaded capacities. The aim of this project is therefore to develop an economically and ecologically sustainable concept for wastewater treatment in Egypt. In order to guarantee compliance with these standards, a detailed systemic analysis is carried out to bring the performance of the sewage treatment plants to a sustainable high level.

In the course of the project, different technologies that are already used in other sewage treatment plants are compared and different scenarios for sludge removal and nutrient recovery are created. With the help of these results, analytical methods are then used for the optimal determination of the contamination in the inflow and outflow of the wastewater. In addition, a life cycle assessment (LCA) is carried out.

The results will be used to create quantitative and qualitative information about the wastewater treatment concept of the El-Mansoura region in order to provide fundamental decision-making aids for improving this system.

This project is a close cooperation between TU Berlin and El-Mansoura University in Egypt.

Sponsor: NATO “Programme Science for Peace and Security”

Duration: 11-2006 to 05-2010

Project management:
Dipl. Ing. Kathy Reimann