Rapid intervention unit for water abroad

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Logo of the rapid deployment unit for water abroad

The rapid deployment unit water abroad (SEEWA, English name: Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply ) of the technical relief organization is a tactical unit for emergency water supply through water treatment ; It can be deployed worldwide with its 162 helpers and is ready for take-off six hours after being alerted. The alert is usually issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior or the Foreign Office.


The SEEWA first conducts an investigation in order to gain operational information. The need for drinking water , the possibilities of logistics and the raw water resources needed to produce drinking water are determined.

Then SEEWA carries out its actual task, the water treatment , checks the water quality and also takes care of the water distribution . Further application options are well rehabilitation and pipeline construction. SEEWA also advises those affected in order to set up an independent water supply system and thus create rehabilitation in the damaged area.

History and creation

At the rescue 2004 trade fair, Ute Vogt, the then State Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior, put the Rapid Response Unit Abroad . The aim was to be able to react to disasters and events as quickly and flexibly as possible.

Modules / locations

There are currently three ready-to-use modules. Each module represents a group, it should be noted that all functions are occupied five times, so that the total staff is around 50 helpers per module.

The south module is located in Blaubeuren in Baden-Württemberg , the central module is stationed in Göttingen in Lower Saxony and the north-east module in Itzehoe in Schleswig-Holstein .

Vehicles / equipment

SEEWA does not normally take vehicles abroad, otherwise the quick reaction would be jeopardized and financial resources would be wasted. For longer-term assignments, vehicles from other THW groups may be tracked.


The SEEWA has 2 different types of filter systems:

  • 9 TWA Berkefeld with <6 m³ / h by means of precoat filtration,
  • 4 TWA Kärcher RO 500 with <0.5 m³ / h using reverse osmosis,
  • 7 pieces WTC 5000 Kärcher ultrafiltration 5 m³ / h by means of ultrafiltration 0.02 μm.

Other equipment

The other equipment includes:

  • Camp equipment,
  • Management equipment,
  • Laboratory equipment,
  • Electrical equipment,
  • Rehabilitation equipment (infrastructure),
  • Rehabilitation equipment (fountain),
  • Medical equipment.

The entire equipment is kept in the ZAL (Center for Foreign Logistics) of the THW in Mainz.

Personnel / strength

SEEWA team

The staff consists of ten emergency personnel per team (strength: 1/2/7 // 10), who must all have passed the occupational medical check-ups according to the G35 principle, including an operations manager , a technical manager , a logistician , a laboratory technician and specialist assistants . However, it can also be used in a lesser degree. B. conceivable as a 2-man team for the exploration.

There are specialist helpers in the following areas:

  • Laboratory,
  • Pipeline construction,
  • Construction,
  • Mechanics,
  • Electrics,
  • Medicine,
  • Logistics,
  • Well rehabilitation.

SEEWA missions

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