In the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance, 12 Institutes pool their skills to develop innovative water process technologies/wastewater technologies and infrastructure systems together with public institutions and partners from industry.

The institutes belonging to the Alliance will present joint projects here at regular intervals.



In a joint project entitled “Innovative integrated water infrastructure and water utilization concepts“, or “InWasif“ in short from the German abbreviation, ten of the twelve Institutes belonging to the Water Systems Alliance are busy developing detailed concepts for the sustainable and regenerative utilization of water in urban environments.

Their solutions for autonomous infrastructures are ideal for areas in need of major redevelopment such as former military barracks, closed down mining sites and urban settlement areas.


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a research and development project coordinated by the Fraunhofer IST in the area of "International Partnerships for Sustainable Technologies and Services for Climate Protection and the Environment" (CLIENT):

PureWater SA – Self-sustaining supply of drinking water for rural areas in South Africa.

Key words: water treatment, clean water, rural areas, technology transfer, training, employment