Water pollution prevention in industry and households have been achieved with effective treatment methods as well as efficient reuse and circulation of water.
Finland - water management
Finland has been blessed with more than 6,000 groundwater
aquifers and about 100,000 lakes. An integrated water resources
management and high standards of water protection based on the
ecosystem approach are necessities in sheltering the highly
vulnerable water systems.
To respond to this challenge, the most sustainable water
management level in the world has been developed - as ranked by
the UN Water Poverty Index.
Water supply and sewerage policies are designed to guarantee availability of high-quality drinking
water and to ensure that wastewater is efficiently collected and suitably treated in accordance with
Water pollution prevention in industry and households have been achieved with effective treatment
methods as well as efficient reuse and circulation of water.
Finnish companies have optimized their water use,
especially in the pulp and paper, steel and chemical
industries. This has led to development of top-level
technologies and consulting services for closing
industrial water cycles.
Advanced, innovative and diversified water
technologies, cooperatives and self-governed
solutions in the water sector as well as high level of
education and research provide a strong basis for
successful water resources management.
Finnish pulp and paper industry reduced its water consumption 6.6 percent between 1990 ? 2007,
despite the industry?s production has almost doubled.
Today, Finnish companies and other parties combine their expertise through networking and can
provide comprehensive services using the best available technology to avoid pollution and
deterioration of the environment.
These include complete water and waste
water treatment plants ? from chemical
coagulation and precipitation to
biological treatment support, odour and
corrosion control, disinfection, and
sludge treatment - and optimizing the
performance of these plants. One of the latest references is a new wasteater treatment
plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is considered an
important step in saving the Baltic Sea.
Finnish Environment Institute