• Switzerland is famous not only for its chocolate, banks and watches, but for careful treatment of water resources as well. The country gained maximum in 8 parameters including wastewater treatment technology, quality of drinking water and prohibition of pescticides use in agriculture.

  • Sweden is ranked second, with the following advantages: low carbon dioxide emission, preservation of air purity and perfect drinking water. Swedes treat their nature – lakes, rivers and forests – very thinkfully, which results in excellent water situation.

  • Norway gained a little less points than Sweden. The second Scandinavian state in this ranking shows excellent results in such issues as quality of superficial water sources and air, and wastewater treatment. Besides, 98% of all energy in Norway is generated at hydroelectric power plants.

  • Finland is ranked fourth, which is not surprising either. A nicknamed country of a thousand lakes cares for whatever it is famous for, not forgetting about the quality of drinking water. Besides that, Finland is the best in use of marine resources and treatment of agricultural wastewater.

  • Costa Rica closes the top five of countries with the cleanest water, and here's why. This country treats almost all wastewater, and most industries here implement global eco-standards. However, there's still a lot of work to get done, the experts say: for instance, in the use of marine resources.

  • Austria is ranked sixth. They are doing good in wastewater treatment and drinking water quality. Agriculture is rather eco-friendly, and the protection of water resources is good. But all the aspects need a little refining to make it to top five.

  • New Zealand is working on its carbon dioxide emissions and protection of marine territories. But there are several issues that are rated perfect in the country, like wastewater treatment and drinking water quality, along with air purity.

  • Latvia is the only post-Soviet country ranked in this top ten. The state lost only 0.1 points to New Zealand! Wastewater treatment facilities and drinking water quality, along with the use of water resources are beyond any doubt, but there's still a lot to be done in protection of marine territories.

  • Columbia makes awesome drinking water and basically never dumps untreated wastewater back to nature. It's agriculture that pays for all environmental issues in the country – Columbia is the world leader in coffee and flowers export. However, nature and water here are treated decently.

  • France is the last in this ranking. The country provides its citizens with perfect drinking water, and wastewater treatment ratio is close to 100%. But the state is facing certain troubles with natural biodiversity, creation of protected marine territories and protection of marine resources.

Drink And Go:

Top 10 Countries With The Cleanest Water

The situation with drinking water tends to worsen from year to year all around the globe. According to the latest research each 2 people out of 10 lack clean and safe drinking water. Even more people don't have an access to safe water for their hygienic needs. But there are no such people in top ten countries that were ranked the highest for their water facilities.

However, there are some states that could never boast abundant water resources, but still are on top in terms of accessibility of safe and clean water. They went far using the latest trend, that is, water recycling. For example, Singapore is a small country located on the southern tip of Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. In 2003 it launched the first water recycling facility, NEWater. The facility combines a drinking water plant and wastewater treatment. It receives household and industrial wastewater, purifies it and sends back to the taps. Safety of this method has been tested and proven safe and efficient for dealing with fresh water crisis.

Singapore implements water recycling technologies since 2003

Prior to filling the drinking water reservoirs, former wastewater undergoes several additional steps of purification, including microfiltration, reverse osmosis and UV-treatment. Ever since the plant was opened, Singapore authorities initiated over 65 thousand tests to prove the safety of this water. World Health Organization also confirms that it meets all the requirements for safe drinking water. In 2013, NEWater produced 2.5% of all drinking water in Singapore, and this ratio is constantly growing.

Namibia shows another positive example of water recycling. One of the most arid states of the African Continent has been using similar facility ever since 1969. Recycling plant that makes wastewater drinkable was built in Windhoek, Namibia's largest city almost a half a century ago, and ever since it provides the country with 35% of all drinking water. No health issues related to drinking former wastewater were ever evidenced among Namibian residents.

35% of Namibia's drinking water is provided from water recyclingLos Angeles residents are still in doubt whether to agree for construction of water recycling facilities or to deal with water shortages some other way. Local residents are afraid that no purification technology could ever make wastewater drinkable, especially when it comes to cleaning it from medicine dumped in the drain by some irresponsible citizens.

LA faces severe water shortages lately

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