New Zealand is fortunate that the majority of our population has access to clean water that we can safely drink. We are lucky that we can have ‘proper sanitation’, such as safe wastewater treatment methods and good environmental sanitizing processes.

Water is the element of life. We need it to survive and stay healthy, so we need it to be safe and clean. Having clean and safe water to drink is all thanks to sanitation.

What exactly is Sanitation?

Sanitation is the process of removing waste from water in order to keep the environment we live in clean and hygienic. Sanitation means preventing the spread of germs and serious diseases. Sanitation means the proper disposal of trash and the removal of waste water and sewage. Good sanitation means having a good sewage system that can properly and safely remove human waste and other harmful products from water, so the water can be safe for drinking and diseases like cholera won’t spread. Good sanitation also means being eco-friendly or reducing harmful effects of waste on the environment.

The Importance of Hygiene

The importance of hygiene cannot be overstated. Proper hygiene is essential because more than half of all diseases and deaths, including those of small children, are from germs that spread via food, water, and unwashed hands. Hygienic behaviors are crucial to preventing the spread of diseases, such as handwashing with soap at critical times, including after going to the bathroom and before preparing and eating meals. Washing your hands with soap can significantly reduce risks of catching water-borne diseases like diarrhea, which is the second leading cause of death among young children. Hygienic habits are essential for helping to fight the spread of diseases and improve the overall quality of water and life.

Proper water sanitation methods are also important for fighting back against pollution. Having clean water in an area isn’t just necessary for the health of its citizens but for the health of the area itself. An area’s source of water can easily be contaminated if it contains human and animal waste, industrial pollutants like factory waste and chemical runoff, or runoff of dirty surface water during heavy rains or flooding incidents. It is especially important for companies to regularly test their water sanitation systems to make sure they are not harming the water supply and endangering both the environment and people’s health. Companies can do this by testing their water filters or checking nearby bodies of water for any pollutants that may have come from them.

Outside of New Zealand

New Zealand is fortunate in that it is a developed country in which the majority of its population has access to clean water thanks to safe and adequate sanitation. But outside of New Zealand, people aren’t so lucky. Over 36% of the global population does not have access to clean water and proper sanitation or even toilets. The lack of these facilities and systems leads to a lack in clean and safe water, which facilitates the spread of diseases and dehydration, and makes life difficult. According to UNICEF, 768 million people do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. Over 2.5 billion people, or 40 out of every 100 people, in the world do not have basic sanitation supplies like toilets and sinks. Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from contaminated water. These sad facts highlight the importance of hygiene and sanitation, of making sure that everyone has access to clean and safe water, and that the water itself is clean and safe.

As mentioned before, this last part isn’t just a civic responsibility but a corporate one as well. Companies, especially ones with factories, are one of the biggest culprits for water contamination. Often companies don’t follow environmental regulations and allow runoff and industrial pollutants to contaminate nearby sources of water, endangering the health and lives of people and families living in the surrounding area. New Zealand is proud to be one of the most environmentally friendly developed countries in the world, but it is still important for companies to regularly check their water supplies and sanitation procedures.

The Envirolyte Solution

Located in Auckland, New Zealand, Envirolyte offers a wide and diverse range of environmentally friendly sanitation solutions that can take care of all commercial sanitising needs. Envirolyte replicates natural processes and offers the best in safe, eco-friendly, multipurpose sanitation solutions for all industries. Envirolyte has a diverse, experienced, and highly-skilled team that offer many services including low-cost hygiene solutions, horticulture products, cutting edge technology and capability, enhanced carbon footprints, a range of broad spectrum sanitation applications, and defense against known pathogens. For more information on our products and services and how we can help your company, please visit us online or contact us today.