How can you help counteract negative consequences such as flooding?
I help to control rainwater where it occurs so it does not become a problem for others. Using rainwater sustainably means allowing the water on to seep away or evaporate, or store it temporarily or with delayed release on the respective property. Our product system, for example, directs the water through sewer pipes to boxes installed underground. First, the collected dirt in the water is filtered out through a sedimentation shaft. The water is then collected in the boxes and drained away in a targeted manner. If this is not possible due to the nature of the soil, it is temporarily stored and released in a controlled manner into a receiving water such as the sewer system or surface water. Another ecological advantage is it can contribute to the formation of new groundwater. Without rainwater management, the water from the property would run off uncontrollably onto a street or into a stream or river. If this happens to many properties, there is a risk that the water level of bodies of water would increase and widespread flooding could occur.
It would be ideal if not only rain drainage, but also the irrigation of green spaces, were taken into account in the planning at the municipal level. A planting concept could cool cities and save drinking water. For comprehensive and sustainable rainwater management, rainwater would not only be diverted, but also collected and reused. This is one way we can counteract the effects of increasing climate change such as floods and heat waves.
That sounds like an important area of responsibility and an exciting day-to-day work. How do you balance to your job with your life outside of work?
I enjoy being outdoors and visiting friends in Scotland once a year. Together we go backpacking long distance hikes through the Highlands. I also combine this with my other hobby, photography. My camera has already covered a few kilometers and recorded many hikes. Music also plays an important role in my life. Before Corona, I went to concerts regularly. And of course I spend a lot of time with my family. We like to go on bike tours, preferably, with a planned stop in one of the many wine cellars here.
Thank you for the interview, Emanuel!