Access to clean and safe drinking water is at the very core of sustainable development and critical to the survival of people and the planet. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) focuses on the challenge of providing safe and affordable drinking water for all. However, with 850 million people still living without access to basic drinking water, the road to success is long.
Water must be treated as the vital resource it is to avoid water scarcity and ensure that people and ecosystems have an efficient and safe water supply. The optimal type of service and treatment depends on local conditions and the availability of water sources – be it either groundwater, surface water or desalinated seawater. Regardless of the source, drinking water regulations is a powerful tool to achieve SDG 6.
Funding offered to partnerships focused on sustainable development
The next application round for P4G funding to partnerships with a sustainable business model is open. Funding of between USD 100,000 to USD 1,000,000 is available to either partnerships with a start-up or a scale-up concept.
UN’s Sixth Global Environment Outlook
The UN Environment released its sixth global environment outlook during the UN Climate Summit that took place in Kenya last week. The report argues that the world has the technological, scientific and financial resources needed to secure a healthy planet, but the need for immediate action is paramount.
Tomorrow’s waterworks in Truelsbjerg – Aarhus
Truelsbjerg Waterworks sets new technological, architectural and operational standards for waterworks and it has started a trend in design since several utility companies in Denmark have followed. The waterworks in the northern part of Aarhus was established in 2014 and supplies 40,000 citizens in Aarhus with drinking water. The project for the innovative waterworks in […]
Reducing Urban Water Loss to just 5%
In the city of Odense – Denmark’s third largest urban area and hometown of world famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen – the water utility VCS Denmark has successfully reduced water loss in the pipeline network to only 5 % (2019). At 0.60, the utility’s Infrastructure Leakage Index (ILI) is among the best in the […]
Water scarcity: Reduction of NRW in Rajkot, India
In 2013, Leif Koch participated in a project in Rajkot, India, in collaboration with DHI and Grundfos. We worked to improve and stabilize the local water supply, as water scarcity was so extreme that Rajkot inhabitants only had running water for a few hours each day. Leif Koch provided leak detection services for the Rajkot […]
Public water in the Seychelles and Maldives is desalinated water
All public water supplied in the Seychelles is desalinated water. The Public Utilities Corporation operates four waterworks, supplying drinking water to more than 80,000 inhabitants and 200,000 visitors. BWT has installed seawater desalination plants in all local waterworks. The four desalination systems combined produce 13,000 m3 of clean drinking water per day. The Malé Water […]
Extra UV security barrier secures pure drinking water
The water utility North Water operates just north of Copenhagen and supplies 200.000 consumers with pure drinking water. Water quality is monitored closely, and the utility is certified in accordance with food safety standards (ISO 22000). As an extra security against microbiological contamination, UV treatment is used because even if the risk of contamination is […]
Providing sustainable water supply to remote village in Tanzania
Grundfos Manufacturing Ltd has donated a complete solar SQFlex water system to Londoni in Tanzania. Londoni is a very poor village in the heart of Tanzania where water is very scarce. The installation of the system was started in the beginning of 2010. The installation of the solar SQFlex system will make water available to […]
Ensuring great-tasting and safe tap water 24 hours a day
The global trends of urbanisation, population growth and increased welfare challenge cities all over the world. This white paper shares methods of how water utilities can improve water quality, increase resource efficiency and ensure uninterrupted service to customers.
Reducing urban water losses
25-50% of all distributed water globally is lost or never invoiced due to illegal connections, inaccurate billing systems, inaccurate metering, leakages, deteriorating infrastructure and wrong water pressure management etc. – or in short Non-Revenue Water (NRW). This white paper examines how water utilities can improve efficiency and meet future demand for water by reducing Non-Revenue Water.