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Advancing Water Stewardship

Water is essential to our operations, products and services. The sustainable management of water resources is fundamental to our business.

We believe in the importance of water in protecting the environment, human health and economic development in our local communities. Through our stewardship, we aim to identify and support opportunities for our company and customers to use water resources in ways that are socially and culturally equitable, economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable.

Water Stewardship at Ecolab

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Supporting Smart Water Management Journeys

Ecolab’s Smart Water Navigator helps organizations execute localized corporate water strategies to increase business and community resilience.

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Smart Water Solutions for Resilient Operations

With unique expertise in water quality and management programmes and solutions, we’re driven to help customers advance efficient operations and responsible growth.

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Our Water Goals

Water is a key part of our 2030 Impact Goals, which focus on the impact we can make in our company, communities and world in the next decade.

Working Together to Protect our World’s Water

In 2020, Ecolab announced our membership in the new Water Resilience Coalition, an industry-driven initiative of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate.


Driving a net-positive water approach in our own facilities

Our vision of a water-resilient future relies on tangible action. For Ecolab, that means continuing to drive corporate water management with our customers, while also identifying opportunities to implement water stewardship projects in our own operations.

As part of our 2030 Impact Goals, Ecolab has prioritized 20 water stewardship project sites with an aim to improve the overall health of the local watersheds. Our projects will use a three-pathway strategy to achieve a net-positive water impact by:

Learn More About Our 2030 Impact Goals
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Delivering Outcomes Through the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard

Ecolab is a founding member of the AWS. The AWS standard empowers sites with a five-step framework to address site-related water challenges and manage risk. Sites are required to reach out to stakeholders to discuss shared water challenges, forming relationships with the communities in which they operate. 

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Increasing Water-use Efficiency, Reuse and Recycling on Site Using Ecolab Solutions and Digital Technologies

Managing 1 trillion gallons of water annually, Ecolab’s team of experts is skilled in helping customers identify and implement water reduction, reuse and recycle solutions that support watersheds in the locations where we operate.

Through Ecolab solutions like 3D TRASAR™, Water Flow Intelligence and digital tools like the Smart Water Navigator, we support smart water management practices to reduce demand and improve water quality while optimizing costs at the facility and organizational level.

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Protecting the Local Watershed

We work with partners to understand the shared water challenges in their local basin and address them with nature-based solutions.

Watersheds face a variety of risks, including water scarcity and water quality, accelerating impacts of climate change and loss of local species.

Our water stewardship plans outline the actions we will take within our plants, as well as the communities in which we operate.

Water Stewardship Project Highlights

The following case studies showcase our Ecolab plants that have received AWS certification:

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Our Partnerships

Our partnerships with leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) strengthen our understanding and ability to impact global challenges facing our business, customers and communities. Our key partnerships include: