World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
At DuPont, we understand that water is a looming societal issue and are looking for creative solutions to reduce water consumption to help mitigate water shortages in scarce or stressed areas. As outlined in our 2015 Sustainability Goals, we commit to reducing water consumption by at least 30% over the next 10 years at our global sites that are located where the renewable freshwater supply is either scarce or stressed. For all other sites, DuPont will hold water consumption flat on an absolute basis through the year 2015, offsetting any increased demand from production volume growth through conservation, reuse and recycle practices.
As a company, we are making progress. Since 2004, DuPont has achieved a 3% reduction in water consumption in scarce and stressed areas and a 9% reduction in overall water consumption.
There are ways that you can help make a difference too. Here are some ideas:
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time
- Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your irrigation system won't run when it's raining
- Wash your car on the lawn, and you'll water your lawn at the same time
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month