“Millennium drought,” “record heatwave,” and “water emergency” are terms that come up when scientists talk about the summer of 2022. Experts point to crop failure, forest fires and politically controlled water rationing. Water is a precious commodity, and its value is only going up. Rarely has global climate change been so acutely felt before. Approximately 2.2 billion people do not have regular access to safe drinking water, according to UNESCO’s World Water Report. About four billion people live in regions that suffer from water shortages for at least one month of the year.
A major project by the EagleBurgmann Business Group in Colombia shows how Freudenberg technologies help save and conserve water. More than half of the wastewater generated there is discharged into rivers in untreated form. Every single day, one billion liters of wastewater flow into the Río Bogotá alone. The largest sewage treatment network in Latin America is being built there right now. EagleBurgmann supplied state-of-the-art sealing systems for this mammoth project that are used in the six wastewater pumps at the Canoas pumping station in the capital Bogotá.