The IAAF World U20 Championships will serve local tap water for drinking
The IAAF World U20 Championships, organised in Tampere, Finland in July 2018, will serve local tap water for drinking. Tampere Water turns 120 years old this year and offers each IAAF World U20 participant an empty water bottle that they can fill directly from the tap during the games. To reduce plastic waste, the athletes use the same bottle throughout the games and fill it at the Tampere Water water taps that can be found at the competition and workout locations.
Tampere Water was founded in 1898 and the water supply and sewerage system has been continuously developed ever since. A lot of daily work goes into providing high-quality tap water. Nearly 20 million cubic metres of clean drinking water is supplied to Tampere and some of the neighbouring towns each year. This equals 1–2 swimming pools worth of water every hour. Fresh tap water is provided to homes in an environmentally-friendly manner through the water system. Tampere has almost 800 kilometres of water pipes. Clean water is available 24/7 just by opening the tap.
In addition to producing and supplying clean water, the used tap water, i.e. waste water, is collected and cleansed efficiently and returned back to the water body and natural circulation. Tampere Water monitors, guides and maintains the water supply and sewerage system day and night to ensure the continued delivery of clean tap water.
We have a high-quality water supply and sewerage system. Tap water is of good quality: odourless, tasteless and colourless; it has also been proven to be safe to consume. The quality of the water fills the requirements set by the Finnish Ministry for Social Affairs and Health in an excellent manner. Tap water is also affordable. One glass costs about 0.06 cents and you can get a bucket for three cents.
Finnish tap water has been found to be significantly cleaner than bottled water. Research by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare has shown that bottled water can have up to 100 times more microbes than tap water.
Each of us needs water daily. In addition, almost 80% of the world’s population is directly or indirectly dependent on water in their work. Clean water and the hygiene it enables are the foundation for health and well-being. A functioning water supply and sewerage system is the key to developing a society and business operations.