Facts & Background

Drinking Water Shortage – A Global Problem ...

„The global water shortage is a greater threat to humanity than climate change," said an expert in an interview, "because the consequences are felt now, and not in a hundred years!“

Billions of people, according to the UN, do not have access to clean, drinkable water. And every year, more than five million people, among them predominately children, are becoming ill from polluted water.

Although worldwide, inexhaustible sea water supplies are available and a number of desalination plants are being built, but especially in sparsely populated regions without electricity and infrastructure, people still suffer under the water shortage. Entire land zones cannot utilize salty or highly polluted water to survive.

Africa, for example, has enough flowing surface water, but hardly pure drinking water. For economic reasons, large, industrial water treatment plants, which are recovering drinkable water from salt or brackish water, are being built only in densely populated areas and cities. The impact of water scarcity: Epidemics and death from polluted water in the vast country side, in over-populated regions and in the slums of urban centers. In large metropolitan areas, the water shortage is not a problem yet since they have huge water treatment and processing plants which they can afford with billions of investments.

 

Why industrial water treatment plants do not solve the problem, but create new problems

No wonder that around the world, people are searching for reasonable solutions. However, most of the large plants used for sea water desalination are working on the principle of reverse osmosis. In the process, the sea or brackish water is pressed through a very fine membrane, using approximately 60-70 bar pressure, thus 95% of the germs and molecules in the water that are larger than water molecules, are filtered out, at high energy costs.

 

Damage to the environment with fatal consequences

Since this water, as a rule, is not sterile, a post-treatment is necessary to achieve complete sterility, for example, by UV irradiation. With an efficiency of only 25%, the filtered salt is returned to the sea as brine, with the fatal consequence that the high salt content, depending on the quantity, is polluting entire coastal areas. The fauna and flora experiences sustained damage, because the salt content is much higher than the 3 Salt-percent share they tolerate. This in turn means that the people in these areas are often losing their livelihoods when the fish population is withdrawing. So the people "flee" from these consequences and settle in large cities and metropolitan areas, which are growing and growing. Many other problems can arise from this situation. However, the alternative, "Thirst or starve" is not satisfactory.

 

The Solution
The revolutionary HelioTech Water Treatment System is the decentralized solution to this global problem.

 

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