Some 1.1 billion people have no access to potable water and a staggering 2.6 billion do not have sanitation. 80% of these people live in developing countries in Asia.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that annual investments of USD 180 billion are necessary to meet global demands for the treatment of potable water and wastewater in particular. This figure refers to new wastewater treatment plants only; it does not include the refurbishment of existing plants that will be carried out in developed countries in the coming years.
Lack of clean water and sanitation is the number one cause of disease epidemics and death in many countries. Every day, more than 5,000 people die because of polluted water.
Every day, the struggle for water intensifies. Lack of this precious resource is increasingly becoming a fundamental cause of violence and even war.
Wastewater is our most reliable source of water: Every day, in every market, as we use water, we produce wastewater.
The GWFA ensures that regions that have not yet been able to set up a modern water resources sector benefit from innovative technology and efficient systems to source water and treat wastewater. Especially in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, but also in Latin America and other regions.
The founders of the GWFA are present in over 80 countries in order to provide sustainable solutions and are already helping to mitigate these global challenges. Efficient and affordable solutions are adapted to regional and local conditions e.g. climatic, environmental, social, cultural, technical as well as economic conditions.