We recognize our responsibility to reduce water usage, find reuse opportunities and manage water discharge quality to protect local water sources.
We aim to reduce water consumption by 5% by 2020 in our supermarkets, using 2015 as a baseline year.
Our annual goal is to reduce water usage intensity by 3% (water consumption per unit produced) across all our plants.
For example, in our stores and distribution centers, water intensity is relatively low because it’s largely limited to “taps and toilets” usage. However, in our manufacturing plants—many of which are considered “wet” plants because the production processes involve water—water intensity can be relatively high. Our engineering teams and associates continuously evaluate our processes and operations to identify water reduction opportunities that are relevant to operations.