Implement holistic water strategies across all facilities, prioritizing manufacturing plants and communities in high-risk watersheds
Enable millions of people access to clean water through leadership in advancing water technology and enacting strategic partnerships
Finalizing our water stewardship risk review by cross-referencing risk modeling results with insights from site operations leaders
Enacting collaborations and partnerships to provide greater access to clean water and promote global water stewardship, like our collaborations with charity:water and the Brave Blue World Foundation
Working with our customers to leverage technology that abates water security issues
Water is essential to life on earth, which gives this simple molecule an outsized role in every aspect of sustainability. Already, one in three people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. Over the next three decades, population growth will drive a 50–70% increase in water demand for the municipal and industrial sector, resulting in water stress in many of Earth’s watersheds.
We need new and better water technologies to protect the world’s natural processes, to increase the availability of clean water, and ultimately to improve human wellbeing, from equality to economic empowerment and education.
At DuPont, we’re taking action now to be part of the solution—our DuPont Water Solutions business designs water solutions that will help our customers maximize water usage, minimize discharges, and protect water supplies, and we are strategically improving water stewardship at our own manufacturing plants and other sites.
DuPont water technologies process 25 million gallons of water every minute around the world
We withdraw and purchase water from various local sources and entities for use in our businesses. Some of that water is treated and returned to a local water body, some is rendered in our manufacturing processes, or used for other purposes such as employee health and hygiene. In 2019 and 2020, we used the WRI Aqueduct Water Risk Modeling Tool and WWF’s Water Risk Tool to model water stress levels and water-related risks for all DuPont sites around the world. We then worked with an external consultant to validate those results with a site-based survey to understand how sites with various levels of risk exposure interact with water.
To help ensure we meet our 2030 Sustainability Goals, we will fold the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Water Stewardship Standard methodology into the ISO 14001 environmental management systems at sites where there are validated significant water risks. The AWS Standard is a framework that helps companies and other major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for environmentally, socially and economically sustainable water management at the scale of a local catchment.
We provide more detail on our interactions with water and our management practices for water in our CDP Water disclosure.
In 2020, DuPont Water Solutions entered into a collaboration with Waterise, an energy company that aims to provide solutions to the global water shortage. The collaboration aims to provide seawater reverse osmosis membranes—which purify water—and expertise to the company’s sub-sea desalination plants.
The 2,000 residents of Serdo experience water insecurity daily, needing to travel 1.5 kilometers (about a mile) to retrieve potable water. The community bored a well to find groundwater, but was devastated to learn that the water was dangerously hot, and heavily contaminated with salts and fluoride.
In 2020, our OxyMem company was named the “Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year” by the Global Water Awards for its innovative Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) technology.
Read more stories about how DuPont is leading in water stewardship in our Stories Hub...