CIP Eco-innovation First Application and market replication projects Call 2012

Clean water is a valuable asset. More than two-thirds of our "Blue Planet" is indeed covered by water, but only 2.5 % isfresh water, which is fast disappearing. Only 60 % of the world's population is constantly supplied with fresh drinking water.The shortage of water not only affects countries in the southern hemisphere but many other countries in the EU too, especiallyduring the summer months. The awareness of the value of water has increased in Europe. It can be witnessed in theescalating cost of drinking water supply and sewage water discharge. The total demand for fresh water has also increasedand our natural European sources will be unable to compensate in the long run. It is clear that new sources of water mustbe developed.

"When asked to list the five main environmental issues that Europeans are worried about, averaged results for the EU25 show that nearly half of the respondents are worried about "water pollution" (47%), with figures for individual countriesgoing up as far as 71%."

The possibility to save drinking water has enhanced strongly the last years.

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A rainwater filter cleaning itself by the principle of the hydraulic jump.

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The DRAINMAX tunnel infiltration system: The only plastic trench with flushable  ground.

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The optimized water pump station for rainwater and greywater utilization in every planned construction.

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