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Water Stewardship

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Help us create and implement sustainable and energy-efficient practices to build a more water secure world.

The UN describes water scarcity as one of the “main problems to be faced by many societies and the world in the 21st century.” Advancing global water pressure and insecurity is the result of climate change, population growth and increasing levels of industrial growth and farming. In addition, water insecurity is aggravated by unsustainable water management practices, waste and pollution. There is an opportunity for companies to play a big part and to help create and implement solutions that use as little water as possible across their operations and help improve water quality for businesses and communities. A couple of examples include partnering with others to protect high risk watersheds, implementing technologies to improve operational water efficiency, promoting water security across their supply chains, and investing in technologies that can provide lasting access to clean water for communities at risk.

Water Monitoring and Analysis

- Measuring and monitoring water quality or availability in watersheds (or water sources) to report progress and understand impact
- Techniques to assess water risk and predictive analytics for specific geographical locations
- Techniques to assess water status by integrating water source availability by region (aquifer data, rivers flows) and availability of water for production
- Reliable, low-cost, easy-to-use technologies for measuring water at all points of consumption in our production facilities (ideally with data transfer capabilities)
- Data collection of water consumption across supply and value chains. Ability to measure in real time (portable flow meters or indications) all water consumption by process.
- Data collection and measurement of water action programs to determine efficacy for wells and aquifers
- Real-time monitoring of static and dynamic levels of water wells with automated reporting of changes and prediction of the water availability vs production plans
- Technologies for easy calibration of flowmeters without dismantling installations or creating stops in production.

Watershed Conservation and Stewardship

- Commercially viable investment approaches for watershed conservation projects (proximity to current 100+ Partner operations is a plus)
- More efficient and sustainable use of water in agriculture and irrigation, and tools to measure agricultural water use improvements
- Creating and incentivizing corporate consortium approaches or new financing mechanisms for watershed conservation and management
- Solutions for retaining water in watershed soil
- Solutions for harvesting and scaling rainwater collection
- Cost effective water access, improved quality and/or sanitation service innovations for at-risk communities, especially those not connected to formal water infrastructure systems
- Innovative and scalable ways to have new water sources (air, soil, rain, trees …)​​
- Green infrastructure in manufacturing facilities. Green infrastructure refers to water management practices that capture, filter, and reduce stormwater.
- Nature-based solutions to improve ecosystem restoration at substantial scale
- Nature-based solutions or technologies to improve sewage treatment and/or reduce runoff and freshwater contaminations

Water Savings and Treatment in Manufacturing and Supply Chain

- Water reuse/recycling including ways to distribute treated effluent for shared local benefit (both urban and rural)
- Alternative cost efficient and reduced water consumption for washing returnable bottles
- Waterless cleaning and sanitization
- End-to-end, energy-efficient and low-cost wastewater treatment
- Compact and modular wastewater treatment solutions
- Solutions to incorporate independent treatment of sanitary discharges at the existing production facilities
- Dry cleaning for packaging lines
- New solutions that achieve higher energy efficiency or lower rejection rates of treated water (with or without using reverse osmosis (RO) technology)
- Disposal or transformation of the high salt concentration/brine solutions of RO/desalination (applications in remotely located areas particularly encouraged)
- Production sequencing to minimize line flushing/Clean-In-Place (CIP)/sterilization treatment cycles or replacements for chemical cleaning agents or processes that reduce water use throughout our process, especially CIP
- New, cost effective ideas for effluent treatment and zero effluent discharge
- Waterless CO2 recovery systems and/or CO2 scrubber
- Filtration innovations that are more environmentally-friendly, specifically in terms of water use/savings
- Alternative refrigeration evaporation with reduced water consumption
- Efficient/automated Clean-Out-of-Place cleaning and sanitization
- Alternative use cases for biogas generated by anaerobic reactors (outside production facility)
- Aeration system with lowest energy consumption and easy, inexpensive installation
- As a service models for water processes including water treatment plants (WTP), wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and anaerobic biogas recovery etc.
- Monitoring systems (operational and analytical) for WTP and WWTP that allow for off-site management
​​- Analytics solutions for CIP compliance with inline micro result monitoring to improve CIP times
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