Some 783 million people have no access to improved drinking water sources. According to the WHO, “the lack of access to safe drinking water, combined with inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene, is an important contributing factor to the 1.8 million annual deaths from diarrhoeal diseases”.
Injecting active chlorine into drinking water eliminates the pathogenic microorganisms and guards against possible recontamination. Unfortunately, chlorine supply chains do not always reach communities in developing countries, especially communities in rural areas. Where we are looking at water quality rather than quantity, producing chlorine locally is therefore a simple, cost-effective and sustainable means of improving access to drinking water.
Wata is our solution
WATA technology allows the local production of sodium hypochlorite for water treatment and disinfection purposes. It targets communities that lack access to a chlorine supply chain or to a drinkable water supply.
Our Research and Development Department is working with our partners in Switzerland and overseas on improving the WATA technique to meet needs in the field more effectively.