On May 28 the German National Observer Lothar Scheuer took the brochures with the final DROP results from a delegation, which consisted of Rodrigo Vidaurre, Herbert Polczyk, Christof Homann and Antje Goedeking. Lothar Scheuer is professor and the head of the association ‘Arbeitsgemeinschaft Trinkwassertalsperren’ (ATT). In the ATT most German organizations participate which are involved in the production of drinking water out of reservoirs. In addition, Lothar Scheuer is the CEO of the water board which is responsible for the Agger. The ‘Aggerverband’ also manages reservoirs.
Before the documents were forwarded officially, the results were presented. Knowing about the problems of long dry periods and climate change for reservoirs Lothar Scheuer listened very interested.
Implementing a kind of drought index into the management plans of reservoirs was an idea he wants to take over from DROP. Also the eight recommendations of the Governance-research took his attention. One of the highlights was to prepare better for such extreme situations by developing calamity management plans. A circumstance being not taken very much into the focus in Germany until now because reservoirs are situated in rainy and thus water rich regions.
Lothar Scheuer concluded that the results should be presented and discussed in one of the next committees of the ATT in September 2015 – another important step to prepare better for water shortage and drought in the future.