Wastewater Hygiene Monitoring

The technology of the hygiene monitoring app (HyMoApp) developed by Berliner Wasserbetriebe accelerates and standardizes workflows between all agencies involved in water supply and disposal. A digital platform allows easy information exchange so as to be able to identify and communicate health risks to citizens at an early stage. The platform meets the security requirements of operators of critical infrastructure (CRITIS).

The data communicated via the app is collected and updated by means of regularly conducted wastewater analyses. If it is possible to identify a local increase in health-endangering contamination from the collected parameters of targeted and intensive wastewater monitoring, recommendations for action can be communicated to citizens and institutions by way of an early warning system. The coordination of workflows and publication channels enables the establishment and optimization of a Berlin-wide early warning and response system and complements the state’s information services. In coordination with the public health departments, authorities and operators of properties, findings in buildings can be transmitted based on the use case Legionella. In this way, a more transparent process for coordinated appropriate measures is being tested and evaluated for two districts.

Responsible: Berliner Wasserbetriebe

Participants: Senate Department for Science, Health, Care and Equality Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH (BIM), public health offices of the districts Neukölln and Treptow-Köpenick

Period: 2022 – end of 2023

Fields of action: Ensure that critical and digital infrastructure is fail-safe; create the conditions for intelligent data use; ensure transparency in the development of the city and its processes

Spatial level: Accessible urban space

Strategy Chapters

  • Why Gemeinsam Digital: Berlin?

  • Values Compass: How do we shape Berlin as a digital city?

  • Fields of Action: What does the city need?

  • Measures: How can we realise Berlin as a digital city?

  • Governance: How do we work together?

  • Implementation: What tools do we need?

  • Impact measurement: How do we stay on track?

  • Overview of Strategy