By the CH2M HILL Access Water Team
Happy World Water Day! Since 1993, March 22 as been designated by the United Nations as World Water Day, a day designed to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is “Water and Food Security.”
To help build awareness of the water and food security challenges facing our communities around the world, CH2M HILL challenged our employees, families, friends and clients around the world to curb water usage on World Water Day, March 22. For every pledge made, CH2M HILL committed to donating $1 to Water For People to help support its vision of a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
The results from the challenge are in! 625 CH2M HILL employees, friends, and clients took the pledge, resulting in the pledged savings of 156,812.5 gallons of water* and a $625 donation to Water For People! View the full break-down of pledged reductions.
“Whether it is through helping our clients better manage their water resources, focusing on how our own firm uses water, or how our employees protect water resources in their own personal lives, our commitment to water sustainability continues in communities around the globe,” said Bob Bailey, CH2M HILL Water Business Group President. “It’s great to see so many people stepping up to pledge to curb their water use, and is a great way to demonstrate that even small changes can make a big difference in our impact on freshwater supplies.”
As a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security, Bailey is working to address the threat water insecurity poses to the economic development and security of numerous countries.
“With population doubling over the next 20 years, stronger demands will be placed on water in energy and food production as well as general potable usages. More demands and stress on our water and land resources will drive food costs higher,” shares Bailey. “The World Economic Forum projects that if we stay at the current rate, where 1 billion people do not have access to adequate food and nutrition, by 2025 that number will double. By 2030, 55 percent of the world’s people will depend on food exports, mostly due to insufficient local water supplies.”
CH2M HILL is working with our clients around the globe to tackle their water challenges. The firm is helping municipalities and industries address the energy water nexus by finding a balance and conserving both resources. As a firm, we are committed to curbing our own water usage. The company has pledged to assess its water use, set targets related to water conservation and wastewater treatment, seek and invest in new technologies, include water sustainability considerations in business decision-making, and partner with clients to improve water management within its organizations.
CH2M HILL also advocates for water sustainability by working with national, regional and local governments and public authorities on public water policies and issues. We are committed to working with people in our communities, as well as around the world, to develop safe, sustainable drinking water systems and to encourage conservation and water reuse. The firm recently launched WaterMatch to further facilitate water reuse opportunities around the globe.
CH2M HILL’s 2012 World Water Day challenge, as well as employee participation in organizations like Water For People and Engineers Without Borders-USA, also shows how heartily committed our employees are to conserving their water use and making clean water and sanitation accessible to people around the world.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge and is curbing their water use today!
*All water usage statistics are averages based on data provided by UN World Water Day and National Geographic. These numbers are meant to build awareness about the amount of freshwater used in the home and to produce food, not to provide an detailed, accurate account of water usage in an individual’s home. Water usage statistics also vary around the globe.