We continuously work on optimizing our water use and thereby minimizing our impact. Each of our operations has completed a water management plan and a site-wide water balance, which are central components for improving our water use efficiency. We are focused on reducing our fresh water intake and maximizing the reuse of water to reduce impacts on water availability at our operations in water scarce regions.
Water Management Plans (WMPs)
Each operation maintains a WMP, which is a central aspect of our water management strategy. WMPs are updated annually in conjunction with the update of each operation’s water balance. The plans describe how the operation fits into the local watershed and its associated regulatory context. WMPs also describe how water is managed now and in the future, in order to:
Contribute to meeting our water goals
Provide direction and strategy to address water management risks and challenges
Establish how water management infrastructure performance will be monitored and reviewed
Site-wide water balances provide an understanding of water inputs, consumption, and reuse/recycle and discharge volumes at each operation. Water balances are used as a decision-making tool to assess water management alternatives, to evaluate an operation’s water management performance and to provide water data for our company-wide reporting. Understanding our water balance is key to improving water management practices and to enabling better decision-making.