Water is essential to PepsiCo’s success. We use it to make our beverages, and we rely on it to help grow and process the agricultural goods that are the basis for the majority of our snack and food products. At an operational level, we rely on water for energy transfer and sanitation, as do our suppliers.
Ensuring that our associates, consumers and the communities in which we operate have safe and affordable water supplies is critical for our business, our reputation and our license to operate, particularly where water is scarce.
This improvement, in 2013 alone, corresponded to an estimated water-flow savings of over 14 billion liters and cost savings of nearly $15 million.
Projects that drove significant savings ranged from monitoring and fixing leaks in our beverage plants to recycling and reusing water. As an example, our Treated Water Efficiency Tool, which allows beverage plants to optimize their water treatment systems, has saved an estimated $640,000 in costs and reduced water consumption by over 200,000 cubic meters per year in our U.S. beverage operations.
Reducing our water use within our operations is only one part of our approach to water stewardship. An equally important aspect is how we treat water once we have finished using it in our operations.
We also aim to reuse as much treated process water as possible through recovery and reuse systems that enable the return of safe and clean water to the communities where we operate.
Wastewater treatment at our snack plants in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Australia and the United States all employ a “total systems” approach to treating and conserving water.
These systems apply a combination of technologies, including membrane bioreactors, reverse osmosis, systems to reduce water hardness and chlorine levels, UV disinfection, and sand and carbon to purify the water and remove residual color.
These technologies enable us to produce potable water for reuse in the snacks production lines, and serve as an example for the entire industrial sector.
PepsiCo works with our suppliers, especially farmers, to help them reduce their water use and increase resilience against water shortages, flooding and other environmental challenges.
For example, in 2012 PepsiCo launched the Sustainable Farming Initiative (SFI), a comprehensive on-farm continuous improvement program. The SFI supports our suppliers in a wide range of programs to reduce water usage, replace synthetic fertilizer usage and improve farm yields. More than 500 farmers implemented the SFI in 2013, covering 360,000 acres and rollout continued in 2014.
PepsiCo has formed strategic partnerships with organizations that inform our strategy; enable us to deliver specific programs, such as our 50 in 5 programme which aims to help U.K. farmers who supply us materials reduce water usage by 50 percent over five years; and help us share challenges and solutions with like-minded organizations.
MICROCREDIT LOANS IN INDIA
The PepsiCo Foundation and Water.org have partnered to provide approximately 1 million people in India access to safe water by end of 2016 through microcredit loans. LEARN MORE
Positive Water Balance
For the past several years, PepsiCo India has established community water projects in support of the Positive Water Balance initiative. These programs have resulted in the creation of water harvesting and recharge potential of more than 5 billion liters of water across five states.
Positive water balance is achieved by returning more water than is used to manufacture our products through in-plant conservation, agricultural initiatives such as direct seeding of paddy rice and drip irrigation of potatoes, and water harvesting and recharging in communities around our manufacturing facilities.
PepsiCo Jordan began its own positive water journey in 2012, with projects including dam construction for rainwater harvesting, leveraging brands to launch a community water-awareness campaign, and installing a treatment unit to render a non-potable water source compliant with Jordanian drinking water regulations.