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Water Usage and Conservation

As world populations grow, global scarcity issues are becoming increasingly real. Experts project there will be a 40 percent shortfall between water demand and fresh water supply by 2030. By 2050, an estimated 2.8 billion people (or 25 percent of the projected global population) will live in water stress conditions. Water conservation is critical to the health and sustainability of our planet.

In 2014, our total water consumption increased 4%, primarily due to the start-up of new plants, production increases for plants that started-up in 2013, and the inclusion of facilities that had not previously reported water consumption.

Water intensity decreased by 5% from prior year, resulting in a 28% reduction in water intensity since 2009.

Water Discharges Total Millions
of Gallons
Discharged to a treatment facility 25,900 97,900
Discharged directly to surface water 1,800 6,900
Discharged directly to ground water 3 11

Water Withdrawal by Source
Total Millions
of Gallons
1,000 m3
Surface 1,600 5,900
Groundwater 1,500 5,600
Municipal Supply 42,500 161,000

Gross Water Consumption
(billions of gallons)
CY 2014
CY 2013 CY 2012
U.S. only 10.1
9.9 10.2
Balance of the Americas
(Canada, South America)
5.5 1.0
Europe 2.1
2.0 2.0
Asia 2.3  2.3 2.3
Global 15.8
15.2 15.5

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