Tap water in Switzerland meets the highest standards of hygiene, taste and safety. This is due to strict guidelines for water protection and the everyday work of more than 2500 water suppliers.
Water as a resource also brings inequalities to light. Increasing production of food and consumer goods, global trade, climate change and urbanisation compromise the availability and quality of water. For hundreds of millions of people, daily access to water is an existential challenge.
After centuries of development, Switzerland has the privilege of an excellent water supply. Meanwhile, access to water is an existential challenge for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
A key reason for the excellent quality of Swiss tap water is improved national water protection, which developed in the 20th century. Due to the country's location in the Alps and the high proportion of spring water, only little chemical treatment is necessary: 60% of drinking water is provided without any or with only preventive treatment.
PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY
More than 2,500 water suppliers provide the Swiss population with water. There is no market for water: suppliers must ensure the quality of their services on behalf of the public sector. In addition, suppliers may not set water prices to generate profits, but are obliged to cover their costs.
Climate change is affecting Switzerland's water supply. It is estimated that by 2050 Alpine glaciers will have melted to a large extent. Rainy and dry seasons will be more unbalanced and extreme. This leads to water scarcity and distribution difficulties, especially in smaller communities and in the Alpine region.
Today, two thirds of the world's population suffer from severe water scarcity for at least one month of the year. This affects around 500 million people every day – tendency rising. Global demand for water is expected to exceed supply by 40% within the next 15 years.
We create ecological value in Switzerland and enable social compensation for people without access to clean water.
More than 500 partner companies use WfW carafes. Additional projects enable us to integrate the drinking of tap water into everyday life.
More than 500 partner companies act as ambassadors of WfW values.
Transport and waste of over 100,000 plastic bottles are omitted each year.
More than 100,000 people are aware of the value of clean water every year.