Water Management and Conservation

Reducing water use and improving water quality are important elements of environmental stewardship. Ashland continues to actively understand, manage and work toward reducing our overall water footprint. Going forward, Ashland plans to develop a water management standard that will provide a global framework for both general and specific elements for water management within the company. When developed, the standard will require Ashland operations to manage their water resources through understanding their water use, compliance with regulatory requirements, systematic conservation and reporting water usage.

Manufacturing operations account for a majority of Ashland’s water footprint (96%). Ashland estimates that an additional 4% of water use comes from non-manufacturing sites, including laboratories, distribution centers and office complexes. Water use within Ashland falls into the following areas:

  • Product manufacture
  • Heating and cooling
  • Cleaning
  • Sanitation

Although Ashland does not have a quantitative goal for water use reduction, our plan is to conduct a study in 2016 to better understand our water consumption and examine our operations in water stressed regions globally. Once competed, we can develop appropriate strategies for water conservation within the company. 

Water Management and Conservation

Water Withdrawal by Source 
(in millions of cubic meters)
FY 2015 FY 2014 FY2013
Municipal water 7.81 7.07 7.80
Surface water
(lakes, rivers, etc.)
0.43 0.43 0.53
Groundwater 8.67 6.67 7.13
Total Water Usage
(continuing operations)
16.91 14.17 15.46