Water

Water quality for intake and discharge is important at all our sites. We track our water use at each facility monthly through our Gensuite environment management system. The WaterWatch™ module tracks effluent discharge data and trends against regulatory limitations and reporting requirements. For each effluent limit, we defined an internal action threshold to recognize changing conditions, and pretreatment systems are adjusted before a regulatory discharge limit is exceeded. Our process discharge waters are internally treated and then discharged with the same or higher quality as the intake water.

Our overall water use in 2018 decreased by 5.5% compared to 2017. At sites located in water-stressed regions, we reduced 2018 water use by nearly 1.5%.

Analyzing Water Stressed Regions

We periodically conduct a risk assessment using the World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct™ tool and designate sites that score medium-high or high for water stress. We consider physical risk quality and quantity as well as regulatory and reputational risk. Seven of our sites – which account for 7% of our total water use – are in areas of medium-high to high water stress. We reduced water use 38% at these sites since 2013, significantly exceeding our 2020 target to reduce water use by 25%.  

Water Data*

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Water Use (million cubic meters)

3.20

3.39

3.30

4.21

4.04

3.74

Normalized water use (cubic meters/million USD)

204

239

245

316

314

303

Wastewater permit exceedances

0

2

4

8

16

14

*Slight adjustments made to previously reported data for 2013-2017 to reflect changes in our operational footprint.

 

 

5.5%

decrease in overall water use by Ingersoll Rand in 2018

1.5%

decrease in water use at sites located in water-stressed regions

2.5%

reduction in our non-hazardous waste to landfill

11%

increase in our recycling rate