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EXPERTSPEAK Holistic approach for water management across the globe By Prem Kumar Nair (Photo: Grundfos) Emerging economies across the world depend on the adequate availability of water for the generation of energy, drinking, irrigation and food production. Improving the management of water resources, integrating and improving the multiple uses, flexibly allocating water to different users and investing in public sanitation such as sewage collection, resolving sanitary problems of waterborne diseases is one of the most important forms of economic and social development, because improving the quality of life promotes the generation of jobs and income and expands the ability to supply water for multiple uses and stimulates the economy for any country. This is also crucial for ensuring that sustainability of water management must be kept high on the agenda for conglomerates and organisations involved in water technologies and its related services. Grundfos, the world’s leading pump manufacturer has been steadfast in its approach to offer its solutions in growing economies across the world and is positioning itself on the forefront in providing sustainable water management especially in rural areas in Asia, Central America and Africa. Grundfos brings innovative technology to the water utility market. The company’s innovative resources are fully focused on its commitment to sustainability. Grundfos continually strive to set new standards for water and energy use. Water supply and wastewater require practical solutions at a level closest to the consumers of water and energy, in cooperation with all interested parties. Grundfos engages in debates on a local, regional and global level and adds value to the process by contributing its knowledge and vision for sustainability. The global Grundfos Water Utility competency network ensures that complex projects get the expertise they require for an optimised project execution, making sure that deliveries at all stages of the project are timely, correct and within budget. Focusing on the water cycle and energy efficiency Product leadership and optimised solutions and services complement an unrivalled focus on resource efficiency, design verification, and project consultancy and execution. With Grundfos, one can optimise, treat and pressure manage water supply all the way to the end user, and the company offers reliability and modularity for collecting, transporting and treating wastewater. The Danish based company, known for its high technology pump products has a long-standing track record of innovation for optimising water and energy use for pump systems and solutions. These include: Efficiencygenerating tools that range from optimising the pump to the entire groundwater well field and fully optimised water supply systems – combining market-leading pump, motor, protection or control and remote management for the optimisation of groundwater abstraction. The Water2Life Project - A Journey across continents With more than €540.000 donated since 2010 and sustainable clean water solutions provided for more than 40.000 people, Water2Life is a powerful employeeinitiated and employee-driven program that works to 18 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Asian Water

EXPERTSPEAK bring clean water to communities in need on every continent. In 2013, the program wrapped its first 3-year project providing access to clean water to 16,000 people in Kenya, before making its way to Vietnam to help another 27,000. It is now launching on its third continent – the Americas. Aside from making a tangible difference for lowincome communities across the globe, the program helps strengthen its sustainable mind-set and engage its employees in living the Grundfos values: Being sustainable, focused on people, and creating partnerships. Water2Life in Vietnam In 2013, Water2Life started its second project in Vietnam where water is everywhere but it’s undrinkable. This water challenge was the next for Grundfos employees and with a goal of providing clean water to ten communities within 3 years, the company strives to continue its great success. Vietnam is a country of water paradoxes with the biggest being: there is not a lack of water, but a lack of clean water. There is basically water everywhere because of all the rivers and canals form the Mekong River. These are for many people, the only source of water but the water is heavily polluted by heavy metals, chemical and bacteria. The only alternative is rainwater caught off the rooftops and kept in big jars. Rainwater is seen as being the cleanest drinking water and is kept for a long time. Buying bottled water is not considered an alternative for poor people as it is too expensive. During dry seasons, the concentration of chemicals in the water rises and forces the day labourers to wear rubber boots to avoid burning their skin. Also, clothes washing and taking bath in the river during dry seasons burn the skin and leaves it itching and damaged skin. Moreover, water borne diseases are everywhere and are causing huge problems for the locals. Within three years, it brought safe water to 27,000 people and 19,404 cattle in ten local communities. In (Photo: Grundfos) (Photo: Grundfos) addition to that, around 109,685 meters of pipelines were laid out to deliver clean water to households and contributed to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% after installing solar panel system to local waterworks. In cooperation with its local NGO partner Thrive Networks, Grundfos also engaged locals and children in the handling, usage and disposal of water to avoid contamination. Clean water to more than 16,000 people in Kenya Grundfos’ Water2Life programme started in Kenya in 2010, where thousands of people did not have access to clean water. Within three years, Grundfos employees provided access to clean water to more than 16,000 people with a total of 11 Lifelink water systems. The northern part of Kenya is severely hit by frequent droughts and water shortages which made it a natural place for Water2Life to start up the first project. In this area, Kenyans were forced to collect dirty water from rivers and other water sources that often dried out completely during dry seasons. They walked long distances only to carry back dirty water with them and at the same time waterborne diseases were a constant challenge - but this has changed due to Water2Life. From 2010 to 2013 Grundfos employees collected funds through different activities, from celebrating UN World Water Day, selling cakes, arranging water races, competitions, raffle dazzles, tombola, auctions, and many more activities. A common denominator for all activities was to combine fun with socialising and sustainability awareness. In that way, both the colleagues and Water2Life would benefit from the initiatives. More than 16,000 people have access to clean water now. 11 water systems have been established. The children are given time to concentrate on their education because of a better health. The families are given the possibility of growing crops and running a sustainable business. The women are given Asian Water JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 19

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