Kläranlage Winter12In recent months, one of the core elements that makes ZEGG an ecological model project faced a serious threat: our decentralised water cycle. As part of the procedure considering a building development plan for our site, in the summer of 2012 the Building Committee of the Bad Belzig town council recommended that ZEGG be connected to the public water and sewerage mains run by the “Stadtwerke” (town utility company). Being forced to connect to the mains in this way would have meant an end to our own water supply and our constructed wetland sewage treatment.

At the beginning of December, the town’s Central Committee considered this issue and adopted a favourable position towards the retention of ZEGG’s water cycle. This made us particularly happy since it confirmed something which we had felt in the preceding dialogues: many local politicians and representatives of the town council have a favourable attitude towards ZEGG and are genuinely interested in working together with us. The Mayor of Bad Belzig, Hannelore Klabunde, also spoke appreciatively of ZEGG, in particular with regards to our contribution to the development of the region around the town. During the committee session it became clear that decentralised water and sewerage solutions could also be more appropriate and cost-effective for some districts within the Bad Belzig town boundaries, compared to a connection to the town’s centralised mains. So our constructed wetland solution could become a model for new, ecological options in the region.

The central committee recommended opening up the municipal statutes and regulations governing water supply and sewerage to allow for ecological model projects such as ours. This revision has to be prepared by the Bad Belzig municipal utilities company. At the same time, the town council will examine whether the granting of an exception should actually count as an act of “day-to-day administration” – which would mean it does not even need extra approval from the town councillors. All of this would mean that our decentralised water cycle could remain as an ecological model project.

We will keep you up-to-date on any further developments via our website.

All in all, the campaign to retain our water cycle has revealed great potential for us to work together with other people and projects in the local region. The water campaign was an important step in ZEGG’s efforts to further establish itself as a partner for joint ventures with the town and the region.

ZEGG – Center for Social and Cultural Design

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 89
14806 Bad Belzig

Telefon: +49 (0) 33841 595-100
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The ZEGG is a community of about 100 adults and children. How can we create a sustainable and creative life and an awake awareness to promote issues of love and sexuality, ecology, community, and create policy. We invite you to visit us, especially our summercamp.

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