IKT – Institute for Underground Infrastructure

Important information from wastewater companies: Dispose of toilet paper alternatives correctly – avoid backflow from sewers

Posted 01. April 2020
empty toilet paper roll with the word don't panic written on it

The corona pandemic is forcing some people to take unusual measures. When supplies of toilet paper at home are exhausted and the shelves in the supermarkets are empty, people have to become creative. Then handkerchiefs, kitchen towel, non-flushable wet wipes and baby wipes, newspapers and, as we hear, even pages from books and old t-shirts are being used. You can do that if you don’t flush these things down the…

Webinars on Corona Virus and Sewer Operation

Posted 20. March 2020
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Corona crisis planning – this is the task currently facing all sewer network owners! In view of the current situation, the Kommunales Netzwerk Abwasser (KomNetABWASSER – Municipal Network Wastewater) and IKT have jointly decided to support all sewer network owners to the best of their ability. A hotline has been set up and the first of a series of web conferences was held where more than 60 network operators were…

How IKT is Responding to the Coronavirus

Posted 20. March 2020
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In view of the progressive spread of the coronavirus, IKT has adopted its own preventive plan. The protection of the health and safety of our customers, employees and their families is our highest priority. For this reason – as far as the activities allow – home working has been provisionally ordered until Easter. All IKT scientists and testing staff will remain fully available to customers and partners via e-mail and…

International Roundup of advice on Coronavirus and Sewer Operation

Posted 13. March 2020
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(last update 31st March 2020, 14:52 h CET) In view of the level of interest generated in Germany by the discussions about Coronavirus between the 60+ sewer network owners that are members of KomNetABWASSER / ComNet WasteWater (Community Network WasteWater) the members decided to make resources about corona virus and sewer network operation more widely available. IKT, as co-ordinator of the network, is therefore providing and updating these links to…

Coronavirus in Sewers? Don’t Panic! But be Careful.

Posted 06. March 2020
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The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes (COVID-19) is keeping everyone busy right now. Politicians are advising on measures, companies worry about their supply chains, and wherever cases of infection are reported, people are emptying supermarkets in fear of being confined to home for months.  Sewer network operators and service providers are also worried. They are rightly wondering whether infected people excrete the virus and whether it is…