08.10.2020 | Opening ceremony of the flood retention basin in Merching
On 5 October, the new flood retention basin in Merching in the district of Aichach-Friedberg was officially inaugurated. The second core element of flood protection in the Paartal valley is thus completed after the "Putzmühle" flood retention basin. The two basins can hold more than 2 million cubic metres of water. In case of flood, the facility will provide better protection against flooding for the towns of Friedberg, Mering and Kissing.
The retention dam of the new basin has a length of 720 metres, a height of up to 5.25 metres and a volume of 55,000 cubic metres. Accompanying the construction of the basin, the Steinach, Finsterbach and surrounding areas were ecologically upgraded as a compensatory measure. The construction costs of the Merching flood retention basin were around 8 million euros.
The Bavarian State Minister of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Thorsten Glauber, was present as a political representative on this day. Flood protection is one of the state government's most urgent issues due to climate change.
EDR GmbH was represented at the inauguration ceremony by Mr. Benedikt Sander-Kessels (managing director) and Mr. Johann Penn (Head of Hydraulic Engineering Division). EDR was given the contract by the client, the Water Management Authority Donauwoerth, for the project planning, structural design, technical equipment design, health and safety coordination and site supervision.