The Berlin Centre of Competence for Water (KWB) is a non-profit water research centre based in Berlin. One of the shareholders is the Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), one of the largest water utilities in Europe with water- and wastewater services for 3.7 million people. According to their mission statement, their major objective is to advance scientific knowledge and to push research & development activities in the water sector. To this end, they design research projects relating to all issues of the water cycle and carry them out together with partners from academia, business enterprises and public authorities. The results contribute to keeping cities liveable in the future while addressing challenges concerning the climate change, water crises, digitalisation, sector coupling and urbanisation.
KWB is a member of the management committee of the IWA SAM (Strategic Asset Management) specialist group. KWB is also chairing the UDAM working group (Urban Drainage Asset Management) from the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage. Main objectives of the group are to increase the visibility of urban drainage asset management and to create interactions between the existing urban drainage asset management community (e.g. sewer) and growing communities such as the one focusing on stormwater control measures or nature based solutions.