Global Industrial Water Reuse Champion Award
The WateReuse Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veolia, University of Pennsylvania Water Center, and International Desalination Association present the Global Industrial Water Reuse Champions Award. The award recognizes top Fortune 1000 companies that incorporate the best-in-class water recycling and reuse programs to improve water stewardship and achieve their water management goals.
This award program was developed as part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), a multi-stakeholder effort lead by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to advance the science, policy, research, communications and more supporting water reuse and recycling.
2023 Award Winners
Kimberly-Clark Corporation – In 2022, Kimberly-Clark achieved over 40% reduction of water consumption in its manufacturing sites located in water-stressed areas against our 2015 baseline. KCC is on track to meet or exceed its goal of a 50% water footprint reduction by 2030. KCC has employed water recycling and enhanced water systems management at multiple manufacturing plants.
Carlsberg Group – At their flagship brewery in Fredericia, Denmark, Carlsberg Group reduced water consumption by 500,000 cubic meters per year and virtually eliminated wastewater in its brewing operations. The plant uses Closed Circuit Reverse Osmosis technology and also uses byproduct biogas to help heat onsite facilities.
APA Corporation is recognized for its produced water management approach in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. Over the last five years, more than 95% of the water used by APA subsidiary, Apache, has been recycled produced water or non-fresh groundwater. Of the 179,700,000 barrels of water used by Apache in 2021, 157,980,000 barrels were recycled produced water. Just 1% of the company’s operational water use in 2021 was sourced from freshwater.
PepsiCo is recognized for ongoing water reuse activities and its forward-looking strategy to achieve water resiliency. PepsiCo has set water reuse targets for 2025 and 2030, which include a goal to replenish back into local watersheds more than 100% of the water used at manufacturing sites in high-water-risk areas. Existing achievements in water reuse include: recycling nearly 75% of process water at one potato chip manufacturing facility, the installation of wastewater treatment technologies to produce potable grade water for reuse in processing, and the provision of a water stewardship grant to a local water replenishment district to pilot the first inland injection well system for aquifer recharge.
Intel is recognized for its investment in water recycling across its operations. Intel has invested approximately $1 billion in the construction and operation of innovative onsite industrial wastewater treatment facilities in Arizona, Oregon, and Israel, to enable sites to treat and reuse billions of gallons of water each year. These facilities can recover 98% of the influent wastewater to feed cooling towers, abatement systems, and other equipment. In some locations, the permeate is also sent offsite to enable surrounding communities to reclaim the water for groundwater recharge, wetlands, and irrigation.