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CLEAN WA­TER – The Liq­uid Force of our Lives

• Clean and safe wa­ter is vi­tal for every­day life

• Ev­ery liv­ing be­ing re­quires wa­ter to grow and to re­pro­duce

• Wa­ter is a pri­mor­dial ne­ces­sity for health, hy­giene, and the pro­duc­tiv­ity of our com­mu­nity Ap­prox­i­mately 50 years ago, the com­mon per­cep­tion was that wa­ter was a lim­it­less re­source, but this per­cep­tion did not take into con­sid­er­a­tion the fast growth of our pop­u­la­tion and our chang­ing eat­ing habits.

On the con­trary, only three per­cent of all the earth’s wa­ter is fresh wa­ter and 97 per­cent is in­con­sum­able salt wa­ter. Roughly more than two-thirds of this fresh wa­ter is con­tained in our frozen glaciers and po­lar ice caps. The ap­prox­i­mately re­main­ing third of un­frozen fresh­wa­ter is found mainly as ground­wa­ter, with only a small frac­tion of this be­ing present above ground.

Fresh­wa­ter is a re­new­able re­source, yet the world’s sup­ply of ground­wa­ter is steadily de­creas­ing.

The United Na­tions Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic, So­cial, and Cul­tural Rights has es­tab­lished a foun­da­tion of “5 core at­tributes for wa­ter se­cu­rity and sus­tain­abil­ity”. They have de­clared: “The hu­man right to wa­ter en­ti­tles everyone to suf­fi­cient, safe, ac­cept­able, phys­i­cally ac­ces­si­ble, and af­ford­able wa­ter for per­sonal and do­mes­tic use.” This sounds great; how­ever, the re­al­ity is very dif­fer­ent!

More than three mil­lion peo­ple die an­nu­ally due to clean wa­ter scarcity!

What can we do to en­force this dec­la­ra­tion? The state­ment that “there is enough wa­ter for everyone” is dif­fi­cult to stom­ach when you know the hard facts! More than three mil­lion peo­ple die ev­ery year in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, mainly chil­dren un­der five years of age, due to wa­ter pol­lu­tion and wa­ter scarcity.

What can we say to a mother who has no clean wa­ter and has to help­lessly watch her chil­dren die: “It is gov­ern­ment’s fault?!” Point­ing fin­gers will not be the so­lu­tion!

Be­ing a part of the so­lu­tion!

How can we, as the Dr. Nähring Wa­ter Treat­ment Gmbh, be a part of the so­lu­tion of this ever-in­creas­ing and ur­gent prob­lem? We de­sire to as­sist de­vel­op­ing coun­tries as well as all other coun­tries to se­cure the sus­tain­abil­ity of their clean drink­ing wa­ter. We will have to:

• Achieve pri­mary waste­water treat­ment

• Care­fully an­a­lyse waste­water out­fall with the pur­pose of de­creas­ing its im­pact on our drink­ing wa­ter and ecosys­tems

• Share our knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy; our knowl­edge of cost-ef­fec­tive waste­water and wa­ter treat­ment sys­tems

• Re­duce our wa­ter con­sump­tion, es­pe­cially in de­vel­oped coun­tries

• In­crease pro­tec­tion of ecosys­tems, es­pe­cially wet­lands and ri­par­ian zones

God has given us a won­der­ful blue planet! Let’s col­lab­o­rate and team up to pre­serve it for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions! Marcy Nähring Dr Nähring Wa­ter Treat­ment Gmbh

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