ShowCaseIN – At a glance

ShowCaseIN brings together German and Indian water sectors on a large scale, thereby promoting knowledge exchange and future co-operations between the two sectors, as well as climate resiliency.


India is the second largest water consumer of the world and its thirst is far from being quenched. However, insufficient treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater is leading not only to rising water insecurity, but also significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. Inaccurate design and incomplete know-how regarding the operation of wastewater treatment plants are often the reasons for plant malfunction. Even though the German water sector experiences a high reputation in India, market entry poses a challenge for many German companies. A lack of  demonstration plants proving the functionality of German technologies in a local context is one of them.

ShowCaseIN aims to develop a conceptual design for the upgrade of an existing wastewater treatment plant under local conditions in India, which will then serve as a show case plant for German wastewater technologies and will also be used for training purposes. The project contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). It addresses SDG 6, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, with a deeper focus on SDG 6.3, “Improvement of water quality, wastewater treatment and reuse”, SDG 9, “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”, and SDG 4, “Equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.




Conceptual technical design of the ShowCase Wastewater Treatment Plant adapted to local conditions.

Development of a capacity building and training concept incorporated in the ShowCase Plant.

Development of a step-by-step guideline enabling a systematic transfer of the concept to other locations.


  • Functional non-profit application and establishment of sustainable wastewater treatment technologies in India.
  • Improvement of the environmental conditions on-site and promotion of health care through modern wastewater treatment.
  • Development of a holistic technical and educational concept adapted to the regional conditions for the upgrade of an existing wastewater treatment plant as a showcase.
  • Use of the showcase wastewater treatment plant as a training center for knowledge transfer and knowledge anchoring in India.