Is pathogenic waterborne microorganisms a threat in the western world?

A question we often get at Adept Water Technologies is – why are you doing water disinfection, is it at all a problem in our part of the world?

In 2016 WHO published a report “The situation of water related infectious diseases in the pan-european region” with the definition of a water-related disease as, “any significant adverse effects on human health, such as death, disability, illness or disorders, caused directly or indirectly by the condition, or changes in the quantity or quality, of any waters”.

The report identified 36 microorganisms potential related to water-related infectious diseases. It also identified hundred thousand of cases over a 10-year period from all areas of Europe. In general this report only focuses on larger outbreaks, meaning case stories only involving a small number of individuals is not registered (legionella cases in EU is more than 10.000 / year).

In the end the report concludes:

“Available Water Related Disease data likely represent only a small fraction of the total number of disease cases occurring in the population.”

Even then the majority of countries has a surveillance system the conclusion is – “This indicates a need to prioritize and undertake systematic actions to strengthen and maintain the national surveillance capacities necessary to meet the requirements of the IHR, and to ensure effective WRD surveillance and outbreak response systems as required in article 8 of the Protocol on Water and Health.”

So, the answer to the question is – Yes – Water Related diseases is also a problem in our part of the world. Adept Water Technologies will therefore continue to develop and manufacture water disinfection systems – that is easy and safe to use – and in the end can guarantee us safe water at the dentist, in the shower, drinking water or other water sources where disinfection is necessary.

Report in full length can be found here: