Dr Frank Obenaus

Executive Board Member for Water Management and Technical Services

We reliably perform, around the clock, the complex water management tasks for the people in our region. This includes the safe and environmentally friendly operation and maintenance of our wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and special structures, as well as waterbody management and the associated flood protection. We plan and build our plants from the initial concept to the start of operation, using our own technical competence.

We support and address new water management topics with our expert knowledge – being on the one hand the adaptation to the climate change and its anticipated consequences requiring flood protection in case of heavy rainfall as well as an adapted urban development, and on the other hand the ageing population directly influencing the water cycle due to the increased use of medicines, and the whole subject of water and energy with its considerable future potential. In doing so, we rely on the sustainable use of state-of-the-art technology in the digital age to live up to our claim of quality, safety and resource efficiency.

Technical innovation and ecological sustainability, but in particular also economic optimisation, are the goals of our work. This is what our members expect, and this is also how we understand our mission. We master this challenging objective with competence, commitment, creativity, and innovation. We are in continuous contact with one another and openly communicate new ideas, forthcoming problems, opportunities and risks.


since 12/2022 Executive Board Member for Water Management and Technical Services at Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband
2015 - 2022 Head of the Operations Division at Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband
2011 - 2015 Operations Manager of Emscher-Mitte Operations Division (including the Bottrop large wastewater treatment plant and mono-incineration plant) at Emschergenossenschaft
2000 - 2011 Various management roles at Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband
1994 - 1999 Research assistant and doctorate at the Institute for Urban Water Management at Leibniz University of Hannover
1986 - 1993 Studies at the Leibniz University of Hannover to become a graduate engineer in civil engineering
1965 Born in Göttingen