January 10th, 2020 | 05:50 CET
E.ON, iWater Group, K+S - Water as a safety factor
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Water is a precious commodity
Water supply is not a matter of course. The hot summer months in 2018 and 2019 have led to water shortages in isolated regions of Germany. Overall, the water supply in the middle of Europe is sufficient, but at the same time distributed differently.
If the climate continues to warm up, it will be necessary for society, politics and business to pull together. The supply of drinking water has priority over all other uses of water and therefore the networking and cooperation of suppliers and consumers is extremely important.
Clean water without residues
A modern society with existing infrastructure and extensive technologies in use nevertheless has to overcome extensive challenges in water supply. Even small amounts of residues of pharmaceuticals, chemicals and pesticides can have an impact on people and nature.
The increase of microplastics in the water cycle creates demand in the market for environmental technologies. Today, sewage treatment plants can filter out more than 95% of microplastics. The rising energy, material and personnel costs for the increasingly complex water purification are usually passed on to the customers.
Causes of contamination
The production of energy from hydropower is one of the cleanest ways of generating electricity. The E.ON Group makes use of this possibility and can therefore offer its customers environmentally friendly electricity. The advantage is that, compared to other power plants, no water is needed for cooling.
The iWater Group has developed environmentally friendly solutions to purify water while reducing the use of antibiotics in factory farming and pesticides in agriculture. The potash and salt producer K+S has challenges with saline waste water, which can lead to pollution of surface water and groundwater, especially at low water levels.
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