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Water Footprint or Water Footprinting Assessment helps you to understand the quantitative approach of your water consumption pattern – be it for your product or the organisation as a whole. Consultivo being a leading Water Footprint Consultant in India, offers complete end-to-end water sustainability solutions.
Water being one of the key resources being used, understanding the water overall consumption pattern is a key component of managing sustainability impacts on your business.
It helps you to understand:
- How and where water is being used in your operations and product life cycle
- What risks and opportunities may result from water scarcity, now and in the future
- Establish and prioritize opportunities to establish the basis for decisions
- Information for more reliable and extensive database for the creation of water conservation policy
Water Resource Footprint Assessment provides a sound foundation of quantitative analysis. This can be used to develop a comprehensive water strategy and become a water steward.
We offer customized footprinting services and water audit project of your water consumption depending on your needs. Let’s talk through your needs.
The types of Water Resource Footprints
Green water footprint
Green footprint is of water from precipitation that is stored in the root zone of the soil and evaporated, transpired or incorporated by plants. It is particularly relevant for agricultural, horticultural and forestry products.
Blue water footprint
Blue footprint is of water that has been sourced from surface or groundwater resources and is either evaporated, incorporated into a product or taken from one body of water and returned to another, or returned at a different time. Irrigated agriculture, industry and domestic water use can each have a blue footprint.
Grey water footprint
Grey footprint is of the amount of fresh water required to assimilate pollutants to meet specific water quality standards. The grey footprint considers point-source pollution discharged to a freshwater resource directly through a pipe or indirectly through runoff or leaching from the soil, impervious surfaces, or other diffuse sources.
Apart from these three types, there are Product Water Footprint and Organisation wide water footprint options.
Footprint Assessment as a Framework for Corporate Water Sustainability
Water resource footprinting provides a clear, useful, and structured way for a company/facility to initiate and/or strengthen its water sustainability action plans. Being an indicator of water consumption and water pollution, it provides new insight into water issues at the facilities which was not available through the use of traditional water statistics and effluent discharge permits.
Water Resource Footprint Assessment Framework
- Setting goals and scope
- Water accounting
- Sustainability assessment
- Response formulation
Water Resource Footprint Assessment can be embedded in Integrated Water Resources Management and support the development of policies that drive towards sustainable allocation and use of freshwater resources. It can contribute to the identification of water risks in a company’s operations and supply chain, and help a company to develop good water stewardship practice.
Water savings can be achieved in industries through a combination of process improvement, process modification, changing use profile, modification of replacement of equipment, the introduction of measurement & monitoring devises and many other means. The ultimate target is to reduce overall water consumption and increase internal reuse and enhance the recharging process.
To optimise water and minimise costs, it is important to assess current water use and set goals. Reducing industrial water consumption is a means of addressing the global water crisis and supports the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
REDUCE | REUSE | RECYCLE
Reduce: Employ new processes and change behaviour to reduce water consumption in our plants whilst achieving the same high quality of the product.
Reuse: Collect wastewater streams within facilities and re-use appropriately.
Recycle: Investigate & employ new technologies to recycle later for appropriate use within the plant.
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Curiosity Zone – Water Footprint
The water footprint with respect to organisation and business is the amount of water used (consumed and polluted) to produce each unit of the goods and services they offer.
It can be measured for a single process, such as growing sugarcane or making sugar, for a product, such as a bottle of fruit juice, or for an entire organisation in totality.
in a broader perspective, the footprint can also depict how much water is being consumed by a particular country or region or across the globe.
Organisations worldwide are recognising that water is an essential ingredient in their business operations. Lack of access to sufficient water quantities or quality poses a material risk to a growing number of companies.
Water stewardship is a way an organisation can manage the complexities of balancing their own water use with the needs of society, communities and natural habitats.
Good water stewards understand their own water use, catchment context and shared risk in terms of water governance, water balance, water quality and important water-related areas.
They engage in planned and meaningful actions that improve the situation.
Becoming a water steward allows companies to understand all their water related risks – physical, reputational, financial and regulatory. Thus, they are able to plan and implement strategies to minimise those risks and promote the business’s long-term sustainability.
Consultivo being one of the practicing Water Footprint Consultants in India, helps organisations to promote water stewardship.
We work with 100+ Global Sustainability Standards
and developed a number of Codes & Standards on Environmental Protection, Safety, Social Accountability & Business Ethics. Extensive and decade long Sustainability Advisory exposures helped us to gather more experiences on National/International Codes, Standards and legal requirements.