Water is the most essential ingredient of human life. Our bodies consist of 66% water, and we drink around 2 liters every day!

Yet not everybody in the world has access to good quality water. Some shocking statistics indicate just how much of an issue unsafe water is all over the world: around 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water! Overall an estimated 900 million people suffer and approximately 1.8 million die from water-related diarrhoeal illnesses each year – the vast majority of which is concentrated on children in developing countries.

About Water

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Improvements in the fields of water, sanitation and hygiene are crucial to reducing the burden of water-related diseases on people. Safe drinking water leads to better health and less absence through sickness. According to the WHO, every Euro spent on water quality yields a reduction of medical costs and improvement of productivity amounting to 5 to 20 Euro. Water is essential for worldwide economic development and we must protect this precious resource for the future. We must also realise that water and energy are inextricably linked in our modern-day civilisation, and any problems arising from their scarcity must be solved together.

In order to be able to address the issues with unsafe drinking water, we must first understand the health risks associated with it.

Water quality and health

In short, drinking water can be called safe if it does not pose a significant health risk to people. The most common and widespread health risk is posed by the biological, or microbial, contamination of water.


Water treatment

Numerous techniques, processes and products are available for treating water. All these systems use combinations of technologies and processes that are suitable for the type of raw water that is being treated.