Sweden has one of the most far-reaching standards for effluent in treated wastewater in the world. Sewage treatment plants were introduced as early as the 1930s.
Sweden’s early investments in water and wastewater treatment technologies have led to the development of a wide range of innovative solutions of all types and sizes, which are being implemented in many countries around the world.
Swedish companies have remained at the forefront of global innovation for securing sustainable water supplies for today and tomorrow, and there have been a number of innovations in the form of practical solutions for treating wastewater, sewage and brackish water, and for improving the quality of the groundwater.
Global research has revealed that today 2.6 billion people around the world lack improved sanitation, about 800 million lack safe drinking water, 2 billion people are undernourished, and 60 per cent of the earth’s ecosystem services are deteriorating. All these challenges are directly linked to water security.
Sweden might not be able to solve the whole world’s water and wastewater management problems, but it can certainly play a significant role in overcoming many common challenges in developing countries: by providing technologies to purify water through the use of solar power, chemical-free treatments, and innovative water recycling solutions.
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