Just over 70% of our planet comprises of water, yet with the rise in world-wide population, the risk of running low on water may not always be a third-world issue. To combat this, effective sewage treatment and screening is of paramount importance.
Water is Seen As An Unending Commodity
From sanitation, straight through to cooking; water is essential to our everyday function. It is the most vital nutrient for our bodies second only to oxygen, and is in constant need of replenishment due to loss from sweat and urination, among others. It is estimated that a human, on average, won’t survive longer than five days without access to water, yet three quarters of the water on Earth is undrinkable.
3% Of Water On Earth is Fresh Water
97% of the water on Earth is salt water which, as we all know, is undrinkable; meaning there is far less water available then one may have assumed. Add to this the fact that the remainder of the Earth’s supply is frozen, or deep underground; and the issue becomes even more concerning. Insufficient screening and separation of fresh water found in developing countries results in lethal bacteria and organisms taking the lives of approximately 5,000 children each day. Add to this the danger of climate change, and we have an even darker vision before us.
Turning Waste Into Clean Water
The EU’s Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive works to protect humans, plants, animals and the environment by treating domestic, industrial and rain water that is waste contaminated. Continued research, along with the screening implementation and separation techniques means that even harmful products as miniscule as 0.75 can be removed from our water.
Companies such as Environmental Screening and Separation now utilise innovative equipment to treat our water, and are still striving to find new processes to treat our waste water. Through recycling our water, we are one step closer to solving the present and future water crisis.