OOWV – Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

The project participants

International partner

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

The Buffalo City Municipal Department manages the budgetary and planning processes of the area and promotes the social and economic development of the community. The goal of the Technical Directorate is to provide a sustainable, reliable and affordable technical infrastructure, including for drinking water supply and wastewater disposal.

Lead partner

Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband

Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV) supplies water to more than one million people in north-western Germany. With 46 sewage treatment plants, the water association is also responsible for controlled wastewater management in 38 municipalities and for one wastewater services association. OOWV has around 850 staff. As a corporation under public law, it operates on a non-profit basis and re-invests all surpluses.

Participating partners


Wupperverband performs water management tasks across municipal boundaries throughout the Wupper catchment area, which measures 813 sq km. It also operates 14 dams, 11 sewage treatment plants and a sludge incineration plant. In addition, it manages around 2,300 km of rivers and streams.

Stadtwerke Norderstedt

Stadtwerke Norderstedt provides various services to Norderstedt and the surrounding region, including the supply of electricity, gas, water and district heating. It purifies drinking water in three water works, taking water pumped from a depth of up to 200 metres.

Project profile

Project partners:

South Africa:

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa


Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband, Oldenburg (Lead-Partner)

Wupperverband, Wuppertal

Stadtwerke Norderstedt

Focal areas:

Adaption to climate change – increase the resilience of water supply towards climate change:  

  • Integrated water management- water substitution, groundwater abstraction, forecasting
  • Reduction non-revenue water: registration of existing infrastructure and management

Asset management:

  • Maintenance and
  • Reducing vandalism


  • Customer Communication and
  • Environmental education


The project

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