Oasen is a socially driven drinking water company, providing customers with drinking water through sustainable means. It ensures that each and every drop that flows from the customers' faucets is pristine drinking water of impeccable quality. Additionally, Oasen strives to produce impeccable, pristine drinking water and provide a fitting and high-quality service to customers.
In the 19th century, pollution in the city of Gouda reached an all-time high. Garbage, mud, and manure covered the streets, and the city’s canals served as both a source of drinking water and as the city sewer. Cholera broke out in 1868, killing hundreds of people. In response, the city council decided to make clean water from the IJssel freely available, eradicating the disease within a few years. Under pressure from the health committee, the council founded the Goudse Waterleiding Maatschappij (Water Pipe Company of Gouda). On 3 December 1883, the company supplied clean drinking water to its first 165 houses connected to the pipeline network.