In Germany, everyone can obtain drinking water straight from the tap: clean, in sufficient quantities, at a reasonable price, and 24 hours a day.
In many other countries, millions of people die of diseases caused by impure drinking water.
The German water management sector would like to support these regions, offering them its experience and knowledge and using its expertise to solve their problems. Efficient drinking water and waste water treatment processes can be tailored to the requirements of other countries. The strength of German companies lies in their technically sound and innovative solutions in various areas, including the treatment of drinking water (e.g. filtration technology and desalination), sewage and sludge management, recycling management and energy recovery.
The public drinking water supply in Germany meets the strictest drinking water quality standards. All legal provisions related to this standard of quality are complied with at a national level. Used water is never wasted. Throughout the country, sewage effluents are treated according to the requirements of the relevant EU Directives and returned to the natural water cycle. In addition, new strategies have been developed to close material and nutrient cycles (particularly phosphorus recovery). The introduction of ecological, water cycle-oriented systems for sewerage management and sanitation has marked a paradigm shift in urban water management.