Vitens is the largest drinking water supplier in the Netherlands. It delives top notch drinking water to 5.4 million people in the Netherlands, over a third of the countries population. The publicly held company currently employs 1,700 people, runs 100 water production facilities and has a grid of 47,500 kilometers long. Annually the company distributes 350 million m3 of water with a net revenue of 450 milion euros. Vitens shares are 100 per cent held by local and regional governments.
Vitens water supply company
Vitens: a name that stands for more than 1.430 people who feel united in their passion for water. People who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to extract, purify and deliver top-quality drinking water because they know that 5.4 million people trust it implicitly.
The dynamics of water
Drinking water: it seems so commonplace, we take it for granted. However, water is actually a serious profession that requires creativity, innovation, perseverance and a commitment to people, society as a whole, and the environment. At Vitens, instead of talking about this fact, we like to put it into action. Every day. For our customers in the provinces Friesland, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland and Utrecht as well as more than twenty million people in countries where safe drinking water is not taken for granted. Our passion knows no bounds.
They are continually working on producing, treating and supplying top-quality drinking water, because they know that 5.4 million customers are relying on them.
It looks so simple and matter of course, but looks can be deceptive. Water is a specialised business. A business that demands creativity, innovation, perseverance and taking responsibility. For people, society and the environment. At Vitens we don’t talk much about this, we prefer to put it into practice. Every day. For our customers in Friesland, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland and Utrecht, and also for more than twenty million people in countries where safe drinking water is not a matter of course.
From the ground to the tap
Drinking water companies extract water from the earth, or from rivers, river banks or dunes. To produce drinking water, Vitens uses mainly groundwater. Water that once reached the ground through precipitation or was carried along by rivers and eventually seeped into the ground.
Once inside the ground, the water completes a lengthy underground journey to its current position from where we extract it. The soil acts as a filter so that most of the water is of good quality by the time Vitens extracts it from the ground.
Nature and the environment are important for Vitens. This is why we do everything possible to protect flora and fauna in our water extraction sites. Vitens is responsible for supplying its customers with sufficient top-quality drinking water. That means that we have to ensure we have reliable wells, for the future, too. Sustainable water extraction is a very important part of this.
A large drinking water company like Vitens is constantly developing knowledge. Vitens is continuously monitoring developments in the world around us and immediately seizes on the latest developments. This ensures drinking water of the highest possible quality now and in the future.
For those of us in the Netherlands, it’s hard to imagine that there are countries where sufficient drinking water isn’t something you can take for granted; here the water is clean and safe and runs 24 hours per day from the tap. Vitens helps to improve the situation in various countries in Africa, Asia and South America. We lay water pipelines, dig wells and advise local drinking water companies on technology and management.
With its foreign projects, Vitens contributes to the achievement of one of the UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015: to halve the number of people around the world without access to clean drinking water. The Millennium Development Goals are an agreement between all of the countries in the United Nations to help create a more equal world in terms of wealth and prosperity. Worldwide, the goals must reduce poverty and child mortality and improve healthcare and education.
The government has designated water as one of the key areas of our knowledge economy. Vitens wants to play a role in this. Internationally, we are considered a motor of innovation in drinking water supply. In Europe, we help other drinking water companies to improve their production process. This keeps us involved with new methods of water purification and allows us to give advice to foreign drinking water companies. In the Netherlands, drinking water knowledge is collected at Wetsus, the centre of excellence for sustainable water technology.
On international projects, Vitens works closely together with another drinking water company, Evides. Together, the two drinking water companies founded Vitens-Evides International. Vitens-Evides International supports local water companies in developing countries to improve the drinking water supply. Projects to supply safe drinking water to more than 20 million people are currently underway in Ghana, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Suriname and Vietnam. In this way, Vitens-Evides International provides an important contribution to achieving the 7th Millennium Development Goal for 2015: halving the number of people worldwide that have no access to clean drinking water.