Limited access to water is one of the world’s most pressing issues.

According to the United Nations (UN), 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world’s population, face water shortage. Access to clean water has therefore been identified as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In Europe, the European Commission plans to draft a new guidance on water re-use as part of its Circular Economy Action Plan. Meanwhile in the US, several States have developed action plans to address water shortages.

Microbial control can provide one solution to this challenge. With growing demand for water – especially in urban areas – disinfection eliminates harmful microorganisms and preservation blocks bacteria and viruses from spreading into water. In addition, in places with strong industrial and population growth, in Asia for instance, biocidal solutions are key to recycling water used in industrial production. If microbes were not eliminated with biocides, corrosion, scale deposits and slime formation would lead to millions of cubic meters of water being wasted.

For the microbial control industry it is a mission companies have been working towards every day, developing solutions that will help countries develop without putting a toll on their citizens’ sanitation.