Water without Waste was founded in September 2018, as an answer to the results of the survey ‘Turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts’. Marja Kok, who had been running superyachts during 10 years, put her finger on the usage of plastic bottled drinking water in the industry with this survey done by the end of 2017. With an outcome of 55 % of crew and 79 % of owners/guests drinking plastic bottled water, an extrapolated equivalent of 40 million liters of plastic bottled water/year on superyachts and a 96 % of the responding yachts seriously willing to consider a more sustainable and healthier alternative, it was clear for Marja that this survey could not just remain to be a survey.
With on one hand the dramatic state of oceanlife due to plastic pollution and on the other hand microplastics and Bisphenol A poison in plastic bottled drinking water and captains, crew and guests not trusting/liking their tapwater, there was an obvious (latent) need for an adequate sustainable and healthy change in drinking water treatment on board of yachts.
Until then, water treatment on yachts had been mainly focused on treating the water in the yacht’s watertanks, thus providing bacterial free service water that was however not considered as a healthy or tasty source of hydration on board. Sometimes a basic or ‘magic’ waterfilter was added to the galley tap.
After almost a year of research and teaming up with a waterpurification expert, Water without Waste was founded in September 2018, as a Dutch company aiming to deliberate the yachting industry from plastic bottled water by offering a truly healthy alternative by means of high quality drinking water purification equipment.
WwW’s solutions treat the tankwater, no matter from what source wherever in the world (often mixed with seawater RO water) downstream the watertanks just before the (drinkingwater) faucet. Purifying to the highest level, not only removing bacterias or viruses, but also antibiotics, pesticides, heavy metals, micro plastics and disinfectional byproducts (for example from chlorine used in the tanks).
After some stages in developing the productline of WwW, their latest Compact Power HDO purifying equipment provide a direct flow of minimal 2 liter purified drinking water per minute without the need to store the water in buffer- or expansion tanks. Automatic flushing, anti-flooding sensors, easy yearly sanitation, an audible and visual signal when it’s the time to replace the prefilter and a minimum of consumables and maintenance make this a superyacht worthy drinking water solution. Combining the purifier with chilling and sparkling equipment create optimal convenience for all on board, cost- and space saving.
The crew on the yachts that actually use the solutions of WwW (all of them are part of Wall of Care on WwW’s website showing yachts that banned plastic bottled water) love the quality, taste and convenience of the purified water. The equipment found its way already to not only Palma based yachts but also to yachts and new builts in the Caribbean, USA and South Africa.
WwW is happy and proud to see that besides sailingyachts, whose owners/crew maybe have a slightly higher eco-awareness, now also motoryachts become part of the transition and choose for sustainable and healthy drinking water on board.
A few recent anecdotes out of the daily life of WwW:
- A captain of a charter sailing superyacht consulted WwW for a drinking water purification system following a charter inquiry for a charter without plastic bottled water on board. This example endorses Marja’s vision that sustainability is not only our responsibility as oceanloving and oceandepending yachting industry but also marketingwise the good direction. Sustainable performance will be more and more important in the nautical and charter industry and it is up to charter companies to choose to take a lead in this or to wait for regulations that for sure will come sooner or later.
- The 2nd anecdote is related to an owner of a new build motoryacht searching for a space on board of his new baby to fit in WwW’s compact power equipment and was pulling his hair out wondering why the shipyard hasn’t build this equipment in as a standard, thus endorsing Marja’s quote: To turn the tide on plastic, start @ the yard.
Thanks to the growth, WwW recently teamed up with Jongkind Service Palma for the installation and service part of the WwW equipment on the yachts. Jongkind is well known for their knowledge and specialism in all yacht systems and complete refits. The development of the propulsion and energy management system for La Belle Verde (that recently won the Nautico Tech Award 2019 for best start up at the ‘Salon Nautico’ International Boat Show in Barcelona) is a recent example of their activities and future focused mentality.
Visit waterwithoutwaste.org/solutions/yachting for more info on a sustainable and healthy drinking water solution on board of your yacht.