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Water Stewardship

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Help optimize the full water process across business operations and help improve water quality and availability in the surrounding communities to build a more water-secure world. We are looking for the following solutions:

Water Monitoring and Analysis

- Water quality monitoring/measurement specifically the availability or accessibility in watersheds (or water sources) to report progress and understand impact
- Easy to implement and affordable analytical monitoring for emerging contaminants at trace concentrations
- Analytical real time monitoring for rapid (in minutes) microbiological quantification and identification of viable organisms within a water matrix
- 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, river flows) and availability of water for production
- Reliable, low-cost, easy-to-use/implement, non-invasive technologies for measuring water at all points of consumption in our production facilities (ideally with data logging/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 for 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
- Data collection of current freshwater and marine water eutrophication attributable to our operations, with impact projections in upcoming years
- Identification of areas at high-risk of eutrophication, with scouting, development and adoption of low cost, scalable technologies / best practices for prevention and mitigation

Watershed Conservation and Stewardship

- Commercially viable investment approaches for watershed conservation projects
- More efficient and sustainable use of water in agriculture and irrigation, and tools to measure agricultural water use improvements
- 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 …)
- Solutions that capture, filter and reduce stormwater in manufacturing facilities
- 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
- Solutions to scale-up and reduce costs from reforestation and soil conservation practices
- Biomimicry solutions/technologies to capture, treat and preserve water

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 in cooling towers
- 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 with real time confirmation of treatment efficacy
- 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 way of external effluent export for new industrial purpose
- New, cost-effective ideas for effluent treatment and zero effluent discharge
- Waterless CO2 recovery systems and/or CO2 scrubber
- Water efficient filtration innovations that are more environmentally friendly
- Alternative refrigeration evaporation with reduced water consumption
- Efficient/automated Clean-Out-of-Place cleaning and sanitization
- 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
- Water reduction projects in can manufacturing, malting, and all vertical operations including Zero Liquid Discharge
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