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9 Companies Leading the Way in Water-Efficiency

Water efficiency is becoming more and more important for companies all over the world. Not only does it help conserve a precious natural resource, but it also makes good financial sense. In this blog post, we will take a look at 9 companies that are leading the way in water efficiency. These businesses have developed sustainability strategies regarding water use, make products with recycled ocean plastic, or work in the water and wastewater management industry. Each of these companies is making a difference when it comes to saving water!

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What is water efficiency and why is it important in business?

Water efficiency is the measure of how much water a business saves in comparison to its water footprint. This metric is important because it helps businesses save money, conserve water resources, and reduce their environmental impact. There are many ways to increase water efficiency, such as using drought-tolerant plants, investing in water-saving technologies, or changing business practices.

Some water efficiency initiatives can be as simple as retrofitting toilets and urinals with water-saving fixtures or installing water-efficient shower heads. Others may require more investment, such as investing in water recycling and reuse technologies. But no matter what the size of the initiative, water efficiency is a smart business move that can save money and help protect the environment.

The benefits of being a water-efficient business

Improving water efficiency is a smart business move for many reasons. For one, water is becoming increasingly scarce in many parts of the world. In fact, it is estimated that by 2025, almost two-thirds of the world’s population will live in areas with water scarcity. This means that companies who can conserve water will have a competitive advantage.

Additionally, water is a significant expense for businesses, so using less water can lead to significant cost savings. And finally, reducing water use has environmental benefits, such as reducing the strain on local water resources and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions from water treatment facilities.

Top companies that are leaders in water efficiency

There are many companies around the world that are doing their part to be more water-efficient. Here are nine of the leaders in this category:

1. Xylem

Xylem is a water technology provider that works in the public utility, residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial sectors. Xylem provides water and wastewater treatment solutions, as well as desalination, drought relief, and water reuse solutions.

Xylem also offers a variety of products and services for the residential market, including point-of-use water filtration, whole-house water filtration, and irrigation products. Xylem's products and services are designed to address the specific needs of each customer segment. Xylem is committed to providing innovative water solutions that improve the quality of life for people around the world.

2. Adidas

Adidas has always been a company with a focus on sustainability. In recent years, they have ramped up their efforts to improve water efficiency and quality. One way they are doing this is through their collaboration with Parley, a company that upcycles marine plastic waste. Together, they have created the Adidas Parley line of products, which are made from recycled ocean plastic.

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Adidas Parley - Ocean Waste Plastic Shoes

By using this innovative material, Adidas is able to reduce the amount of new plastic that is produced, helping to protect our oceans and reduce pollution. In addition, the Adidas Parley line is also designed to be more water-efficient than traditional products. This means that less water is required to produce the shoes and clothing, making them more sustainable in the long run.

3. Nike

Just Do It. That's Nike's motto, and it applies to more than just working out. With 91% of NIKE's overall freshwater footprint tied directly to materials sourcing and manufacturing, it's clear that the company has a reasonable interest in ensuring responsible freshwater use in its supply chain. And as good global citizens, NIKE is committed to minimizing its overall freshwater footprint.

Cotton growing accounts for 69% of NIKE's global water footprint, so the company is working with farmers to adopt more efficient irrigation practices. In materials manufacturing – where water is the most-used chemical for the dyeing and finishing of textiles – NIKE is investing in new technologies that reduce water consumption and wastewater discharge.

4. Hydro One Limited

As the largest electricity transmission and distribution service provider in Ontario, Hydro One is committed to taking action to reduce its carbon footprint and advancing environmental programs. The company has developed a Resource Management Plan that includes water efficiency and wastewater management programs to protect the biodiversity of watersheds. Hydro One is also a strong supporter of the community, investing in programs that help to reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of life for residents. In addition, the company is actively working to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases and create a cleaner, healthier environment for all.

5. American Water Works

American Water Works, a public water and wastewater utility company, has a quite developed Water Use & Efficiency Sustainability Report indicating different practices they are working with. One example of these practices is the California American Water: Water Conservation Programs. In this report, the company states that it "works to ensure a sustainable water future for all of its customers." This is an admirable goal and one that the company appears to be making strides towards.

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American Water Works - Stock

Some of the specific programs mentioned in the report include water conservation rebates, education and outreach programs, and residential turf removal incentive programs. These programs are all designed to help reduce water usage, and thus help conserve this important natural resource. California American Water is to be commended for its efforts to promote water conservation.

6. Terna S.p.A.

Terna, the Italian electricity grid operator, is known for its innovative approach to sustainability. The company is currently restructuring its new headquarters in Rome, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Terna is paying close attention to water efficiency, reduced Co2 emissions, and other factors that contribute to a more sustainable future. The company's new headquarters will be a model of sustainability, and it is sure to set a new standard for ecological responsibility in the electricity sector.

7. Lululemon

Lululemon is an athletic apparel company that is trying to focus on the environmental impact along the supply chain. They are members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Require suppliers to follow environmental standards on, among the others, water use and wastewater. So, in order to clean up their act - or at least appear to - Lululemon has decided to try and go green.

They're now a part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which is "a group of more than 150 apparel companies and retailers committed to improving responsible environmental and social practices throughout their supply chains." In other words, they're trying to make sure their clothes don't come at too high of an ecological price.

8. Ecolab

Ecolab has long been a leader in water treatment, purification, cleaning and hygiene. They develop and offer services, technology and systems that specialize in these areas in a wide variety of applications. In recent years, they have also become a leader in helping their customers reduce, reuse and recycle water to help meet water reduction goals.

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Ecolab opens Healthcare Advanced Design Center in Eagan, Minn

Ecolab's innovative water technologies help their customers save water, energy and money while also protecting the environment. In addition to their products and services, Ecolab also offers training and support to help their customers implement these technologies successfully. As a result, Ecolab is making a positive impact on the world by helping to conserve our most precious resource - water.

9. Danaher

Danaher is a company that provides innovative solutions to help analyze, treat and manage the world’s water, from municipal and wastewater treatment facilities to lakes, streams and oceans. They offer precision instrumentation and advanced purification technology to help people protect and conserve our most precious resource. Their products are used by municipalities, commercial businesses and industries around the world. Danaher is committed to helping people make a difference in the way we use and manage water resources.

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