From C. Potter, Xylem
The average person wakes up each morning, takes a shower, drinks a cup of coffee, and rinses the breakfast dishes before putting them in the dishwasher without much thought to the serious water crisis our planet faces. As those in the water industry know, population growth, industrial expansion, and increased agricultural development, plus consumption is estimated to double every 20 years. By 2025, over 30% of the world’s population is expected to live in areas without adequate water supply. The crisis point has already arrived in some parts of the world.
The situation is made more urgent by unsustainable consumption habits, pollution and aging infrastructure that allows clean water to leak out of the system at rates that in some areas exceed 30 percent. It’s becoming increasingly clear that to avoid full-scale crisis, we need sustainable solutions that ensure an ongoing supply of water. We believe all communities deserve sustainable access to clean water in order to grow and prosper. At Xylem, we are energized by our central role in creating a sustainable water future. Our products are part of the solution, and further, we understand that the issues our world faces can only be addressed through technology and behavior change.
Our treatment portfolio includes equipment and services that treat both water for consumption and wastewater to be returned responsibly to the environment. We focus on three basic treatment types: (i) filtration, (ii) disinfection and (iii) biological treatment systems. Filtration uses gravity-based media filters and clarifiers to clean both water and wastewater. Leopold, with more than 80 years of experience, is our leading filtration brand. Our chemical-free disinfection systems, both ultraviolet (UV) and ozone oxidation, treat both public utility drinking water and wastewater, as well as industrial process water, and are provided through our WEDECO brand. Biological treatment systems are key to the treatment of solids in wastewater plants, which is provided through our Sanitaire and Flygt brands.
With our broad applications expertise and focus on innovations, Xylem sees the big picture and designs the best possible solutions that secure future supply, quality and cost savings.
Our goal is to ensure that the world will have the water it needs the next day… and every day after that.