by Karla Robertson, Pentair Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Social Responsibility Officer
Water plays a vital role in our day to day lives, yet an estimated 785 million people globally do not have access to basic water services. At Pentair, we are working to transform the way water is sustainably moved, improved and enjoyed in our homes, businesses, and communities around the world. This is why we are proud to participate in the Value of Water’s national education campaign to “Imagine a Day Without Water,” celebrated today, October 21, to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. The health of the world depends on reliable access to clean, safe water. Just imagine a day without water…
…in our homes
From drinking and doing laundry, to showering or watering the lawn, it has been estimated that each American uses an average of 82 gallons of water a day at home. These day-to-day needs depend on a clean, reliable supply of water. At Pentair, we are committed to providing residential water treatment and filtration solutions that are not only reliable, but also sustainable and energy efficient. Our filtration products reduce the resources required to enjoy quality drinking water, as well as the demand for single-use water bottles – in 2020 alone, our residential solutions reduced the need for over 12 billion plastic bottles.1
…in our businesses
Did you know that a majority of problems with commercial equipment like coffee brewers are water-related? Without proper filtration or regular management, machines operate less efficiently and can make inferior products. Effective filtration solutions can help mitigate these issues. Our Total Water Management program can save time and money by diagnosing problems, recommending a better water treatment system and providing ongoing support and maintenance – all to aid businesses in running more efficiently and help ensure the best, most consistent products are produced every time.
…in our communities
Reliable water systems and safety plans are critical for safeguarding the health of communities. We provide important solutions that convert water and wastewater into cleaner, potable water, building healthier communities across the country and globe. Our flood management solutions also help protect over 25 million people around the world, including the world’s largest stormwater pump station in New Orleans.
…around the world
Globally, millions of people, most in developing nations, lack access to safe water and sanitation. Through Project Safewater, Pentair collaborates with a range of partners to combine technology, micro-enterprise business models, and scientific research to provide sustainable access to safer water. Our first Project Safewater initiative, launched in 2007 in Honduras, expanded cleaner water access for a 300,000-person community, reducing the incidence of water borne illness by 80%. And since 2007, we have implemented many more programs that now impact three million people every day in the developing world.
…and in our own facilities
And finally, Pentair’s own role in water stewardship is core to our values as a purpose driven company. Water conservation is a priority throughout our operations, and we are targeting a 30% reduction in overall water withdrawal from a 2019 baseline by 2030
To Imagine a Day Without Water is to not only imagine a world without daily conveniences, but also without life-sustaining resources or sanitation. By providing solutions that deliver reliable access to cleaner water while also promoting efficient and sustainable consumption, Pentair is committed to helping people, businesses and communities around the world make the most of life’s essential resource.
1 Based on 16.9oz water bottle size.