Water is too valuable to be wasted

In 1993, the United Nations declared the 22nd March as "World Day for Water” to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era. Water is one of the strategic resources affected by competing demands all over the world. Plastic applications offer a wide range of solutions for sustainable water supply and also use  cutting-edge technologies to preserve drinking water. This is crucial especially in developing and emerging countries to save billions of litres of drinking water, offer cheaper access to water and use less electricity for water pumping. Water supply systems made of plastics provide sustainable water transportation even over long distances, leak-free, without corrosion and without soil or bacterial contamination, in a cost-effective way.  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than one billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. Over the coming decades, the demand for fresh water will continue to increase significantly, resulting in big challenges and strain on resources in many regions. 2014 "World Water Day” concentrates on the interlinkages between water and energy: on the one hand, water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy, on the other hand, energy is needed at all stages for water extraction, treatment and distribution.  

Plastic applications help save water and energy in various ways:  
  • The low weight of plastic pipes saves energy in transport, handling and installation. 
  • The smoothness of plastic pipes reduces pumping energy.  
  • The long service life of plastic pipes systems (eventually followed by recycling) guarantees a high level of sustainability.  
  • Plastic applications are cost-effective to install, operate and maintain due to their low weight and flexibility.  
  • Plastic piping can be adapted easily to most field conditions.  
  • Plastic irrigation pipes and drippers efficiently prevent waste of water and nutrients. 
  • Rain water reservoirs lined with plastics make water accessible even in arid areas. 
  • Polymeric membranes are an easy solution to desalinate seawater, brackish ground or river water.   

You can find further information on the UN website or in the PlasticsEurope water brochure.       
Did you know ?
  • The world is spending 16 billion one-way plastics syringes per year.