GLOBAL WATER QUALITY
Safe water and the prevention of waterborne disease are public health priorities in most developed countries, where clean water generally is available for about one-third of the world's population. However, water-related human health problems in developing countries are daunting. Global estimates of the population in developing countries that lack access to safe drinking water range from 750 million to 1.1 billion. The number of people without basic sanitation services is estimated at 2.4 to 2.9 billion.
The consequences of lack of safe water are severe. The United Nations' World Health Organization estimates that more than 3 billion cases of illness and 5 million deaths - the majority children - can be attributed annually to unsafe water. The death rate for children alone is estimated at one every 20 seconds.
Those numbers may rise in the early years of this century. World population surpassed 6 billion in 1999, 7 billion in 2011, and is set to increase to 8 billion by 2028. Most of the increases are expected to be in developing countries, increasing pressure on already inadequate water resources.
Sound environmental management is one of the core values of Quest Water Solutions. The Board of Directors of Quest Water Solutions adopted its corporate environmental policy in 2012. Pollution prevention and conformity to all applicable environmental laws and regulations are the cornerstones of this policy, which applies to Quest Water Solutions' activities, worldwide.