The Netherlands has a long history when it comes to water. Over the past 160 years Dutch water operators have established themselves as the best in-class water providers. This achievement is directly reflected in the competence and expertise of Dutch drinking water operators. Five of these companies – Vitens, Evides Waterbedrijf, WML, Watercompany Groningen and Brabant Water – share their expertise via VEI with their colleague water operators around the world. Through VEI, they are committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 of the United Nations: sustainable water and sanitation services for all. With a joint workforce of 3,600 employees, a distribution network that extends for more than 102,700 kilometres, about five million connections and an annual delivery capacity of 880 million m3 of tap water in the Netherlands, they have extensive experience and resources at their disposal.
Vitens Evides International (VEI) is a social venture, which means is a company with a social purpose. The main aim is to improve the performance of colleague water companies in developing and transition countries, with the objective of contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.