Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world’s population. These issues are close to our hearts, because we have the technology and solutions to make a significant contribution to sustainable water use. We want to contribute to meeting the global water challenge through technology and by utilising new business models to introduce sustainable solutions that strengthen our position in the market. We measure progress qualitatively by reaching ever-more people with sustainable solutions and by the quality and innovation value of the partnerships in which we engage.
Below are the highlights of our approach and performance in 2017. Please go to the Sustainability Report 2017 for the comprehensive version.
In some areas, access to clean water is a problem that needs to be addressed fast. Water2Life is an important part of our charity and employee engagement effort; it brings clean water to some of the world’s most vulnerable. It is a programme initiated by our employees that seeks to provide clean water to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities; it inculcates a sustainable mindset within the company.
Our involvement in projects is framed by a sustainable solution as decided by
In 2017, we wrapped up Water2Life project in Vietnam. More than 100 km of
Through Water2Life donations, local waterworks in Vietnam provide clean and affordable water to local communities, which creates both a sustainable business model and jobs for local people. In September 2017, we partnered with Water Mission and launched a new three-year project in Honduras bringing clean water to schools and hospitals.
Grundfos Lifelink represents our commitment to providing customised sustainable water solutions to serving low-income communities in the developing world. By supporting revenue collection, transparency and smarter water management, Lifelink solutions enable water service providers to deliver a sustainable long-term community supply.
We deliver Lifelink solutions to treat surface water in communities that do not have access to potable water or water of sufficient quality for domestic purposes. We combine solar-powered pumps, water treatment (
Together with World Vision Kenya and funded by the Stone Family Foundation, Grundfos finalised the implementation of 46 automated solar powered water kiosks for 11 water projects in Kenya.
We also delivered Lifelink solutions to treat surface water in communities that have no access to clean and drinkable water in West Bengal, India.
In practice: Easy and sustainable access to clean water in Kenya
In partnership with World Vision Kenya, the East African country now has 46 automated water kiosks which are connected to mobile payment services via Grundfos AQtap water ATMs.
By jointly implementing automated water kiosks, we're piloting a new market-based water supply approach to significantly improve sustainability. The project was funded by the Stone Family Foundation through its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
A total of 60 AQtaps have been installed in the 11 projects under the scheme, half in Kalawa in the Makueni region and half in Wema in Nakuru county. The amount of water dispensed and the resulting revenue have increased significantly – revenue was 62% higher in 2017 compared with the same period the previous year, before the installation of AQTaps. The system has brought more transparency and accountability to the management of water kiosks, ending the revenue losses that used to occur through vendors and water committees. Consumers can access the water kiosks 24/7. The efficient revenue collection supports the sustainability of the project and makes expansion plans possible.
In practice: AQpure treats surface water in India
The West Bengal Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) had a challenge with finding a reliable source of clean water.
At Charalkhali gram panchayat village in West Bengal, India, water is typically sourced from either tube wells, that have high levels of arsenic and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), or open ponds, that contain high levels of coliform bacteria. The contaminated water causes the villagers to develop acute diarrhea and skin diseases. They could not opt for the traditional solution of an energy-consuming water treatment plant due to the remote location and lack of reliable power supply.
PHED set up and commissioned a pilot pond based solar powered Ultrafiltration (UF) water purification system (AQpure) that treats local pond water in the village. After treatment, the clean water is then dispensed through a solar powered water ATM (AQtap). The system has been up and running since November 2017, providing 10,000 litres of low cost, clean and safe drinking water to around 2,000 community members every day.
For us, the main value of partnerships is in making a greater difference to the world, particularly when we are working in unchartered area. Through SDG #17 on partnerships we can realise our goals of taking water of the required quality to where it is needed.
Some of our significant partnerships in 2017 are:
ADRA International We collaborated with the humanitarian organisation ADRA International, with whom we will work closely to provide access to clean water for 1.5 million people in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and the South Pacific over the next five years.
Danish Refugee Council There are more than one million refugees in Uganda and more arrive every day; 82% of them are women and children younger than 18. Thousands arrive every month in need of food, water and shelter as a first response. Here, the local communities, called host communities, are mixed with refugees ettlements. Each family is given a plot of land to cultivate.
Grundfos partnered with the Danish Refugee Council’s Business-Humanitarian Partnership Lab, bringing the first water solutions to the Bidi Bidi refugee camp.
Ghana Ministry of Water Grundfos and the Ghanaian Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources signed a Memorandum of Understanding on improving clean water supply for the people of Ghana. Grundfos solutions deployed in both urban and rural areas of the West African country include solar-driven pumps, which are particularly suited for areas with unreliable or non-existent power supplies.
Water Resource Group In 2016, we joined the prestigious 2030 Water Resources Group, named for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs that guide its goals. The group brings together public, private and civil society at country level to have an open discussion about water management and to develop concrete proposals that can help drive action on the management of water resources.
(Top) The refugees sometimes have to wait up to 10 hours for the water truck to come . The average cost of water is 540 Ugandan shillings for a 20-liter jerry can, more than seven times as much as the official water rate.
(Down) Together with Danish Refugee Council we piloted the first smart water dispensers in the Bidi Bidi refugee camp. Refugees can access the water kiosks 24/7.