Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.
There are 844 million people without access to safe drinking water in the world, as well as 2.3 billion people without access to improved sanitation. Because of this insufficient access to safe water, 1 million people die from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases every year. Properly treating the water and wastewater that people have access to is critical to solving this crisis.
To tackle this problem, Royal HaskoningDHV created the Nereda wastewater treatment technology in partnership with the Delft University of Technology. This invention uses aerobic granulation to efficiently treat raw sewage. There are currently more than 50 Nereda wastewater treatment facilities in operation or under construction spread across 5 continents, treating the sewage of up to 858.000 people per facility. Read more