Greater efficiency for the water and sanitation sector

Dynamic developments in the water and sanitation sector are underestimated by many market participants, overshadowed,to some extent, by the fundamental changes afoot in the global energy economy . Nevertheless, the water thematic (not to mention the water-enery nexus) is a key core FMC work area. We support numerous water supply and sanitation providers in targeted further development of their enterprises.

  • Strategic orientation

    In close cooperation with our client, we develop robust ideas for future requirements and support you in assessing required capacities, qualifications, technologies and concepts.

  • Organizational development

    Thanks to our in-depth grasp of the water supply and sanitation sector, we have advised numerous water companies to set up new, and enhance existing, organizational structures.

  • Process optimization and efficiency upgrades

    With our in-depth sector know-how, we systematically support our clients in identifying bona fide and realistic efficiency raising potentials, and in implementing these.

  • Asset management

    Together with our clients, we develop water asset management organizations, work out technical concepts for strategic and operative asset management with the client, and implement IT solutions jointly with our sister company FICHTNER IT Consulting.

  • Value engineering

    Our experts from a range of disciplines assist you by shedding light on major projects to identify optimization possibilities regarding costs, time and quality. When doing so, they routinely attain notable successes.


References for typical projects

  • EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia

    EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia

    The project aim was to assist the Armenian The State Committee for Water Systems in the sustainable development of water infrastructure in the urban and rural water supply and sanitation sector as well as to improve sector’s efficiency and effectiveness. The services FMC provided were elaboration and support of the implementation of the appropriate PPP modalities for the structuring, financing and execution of the PPP arrangement, preparation of the tender documents of the PPP arrangements to be ready to submit to the bidders and support of the state water agency during the tender and in negotiations with and selection of the preferred bidder.
  • Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation

    Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation

    As part of the reform process of the water sector in Saudi Arabia, the local Ministry was in the process of establishing a national water company and initiated a transaction process for the selection of a private operator for a Management Contract for water supply and sanitation services. The services FMC provided were to act as a Lead Advisor to the Ministry and have the overall responsibility for the coordination of the process as well as the activities of the other advisors. This included the overall program management and in collaboration with the other advisors, the formation of the national water company (NWC) as well as the structuring and execution of the PPP contract.
  • Eurawasser: Optimization of the asset management organizational structures and procedures Eurawasser: Optimization of the asset management organizational structures and procedures

    Eurawasser: Optimization of the asset management organizational structures and procedures

    The aim of the project was to optimize the asset management organizational structures and procedures for the planning, preparation, execution and settlement of investment, reconstruction and maintenance measures for a German water utility.
    The methodology that FMC followed included the application of the principles of asset management organization, the basics of organizational development, process optimization and a professional approach to operating asset management and control model / key figures. As a result, the roles between Asset Management and Services were sharpened and a new organizational structure and procedures for asset management were developed.
  • Water Commission Lesotho: Optimization of the management of water resources Water Commission Lesotho: Optimization of the management of water resources

    Water Commission Lesotho: Optimization of the management of water resources

    In the past decade, Lesotho’s water supply and sanitation sector has been subject to changes aimed at upgrading management of water resources and provision of water supply and sanitation services. The project aim was to assist the Commissioner of Water (CoW) office to create a framework for developing positions and responsibilities by the Asset Management Agency (AMA), the water supply and sanitation company WASCo and the Lesotho government, with the focus on administration, working practices, reporting and accountancy of the assets of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program, MDWSP.
  • Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach

    Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach

    The aim of the project was to improve the fundamentals and scheme of the existing asset management approach for a German water utility and thus internally and externally to increase transparency, sustainability and the benefits of investment and restructuring decisions. The methods used by FMC included the application of the principles of asset management organization, the basics of organizational development, process optimization and a professional approach to operating Asset Management. As a result, a newly developed organizational structure for the whole company arose. Also, the roles between Asset Management and Services were sharpened and the vertices of the functional specification are now available.
  • OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure

    OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure

    FMC derived on basis of the strategic objectives the strategic business units and based on those a process model has been defined for the water and waste water company. Based on the process model the operational structure with approximately 700 employees was fundamentally reviewed together with the management and a new organizational structure was developed with the aid of a "Greenfield" approach. The essential processes, in particular relating to the roles between "Asset Management" and "Asset Service" have been optimized and job descriptions adapted. Furthermore, FMC developed as part of a permanent establishment concept a regional structure for all locations. Based on the process model, the new organizational structure, optimized processes and the permanent establishment concept led FMC to a benchmark based personnel assessment and the identification of areas for action. With the help of scenario analysis potential future developments were also taken into account.