Yes. Water withdrawal associated with our operations makes up 2% of our total water footprint. This is roughly evenly split between direct consumption (mainly for use in buildings, cooling, landscaping, and production of high-purity water for manufacturing) and indirect consumption associated with generation of the electricity we use in our facilities.
In 2020, we consumed 2,597,000 cubic meters of water overall, an 11% decrease compared to 2019. This was due primarily to reduced occupancy at sites globally as a result of COVID-19, as well as decreased production volumes at some locations. Water withdrawal intensity per $ million of net revenue decreased by 8% between 2019 and 2020.
HP reused 269,000 cubic meters of water1 globally during 2020 for landscaping, indoor plumbing fixtures, and as process water. This was equivalent to 10% of total water withdrawal. The company also captured and used 1,000 cubic meters of rainwater for cooling towers during the year.
We use the World Resource Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas tool to assess the risk of sites and prioritize water-stressed locations. Using this tool, we assessed 182 HP facilities as part of our risk modeling for 2020. Fifty-one of the facilities assessed (28% of the total) fall within the high-risk category for water stress. Those locations consumed 295,000 cubic meters of water during 2020, 11% of our global total and down 1% from the prior year.
To learn more about HP Water Management Initiatives, see the Operations section of the HP Sustainable Impact Report at www.hp.com/go/report..
1 NEWater (ultra-purified wastewater used in manufacturing operations, landscaping, and plumbing in Singapore) is currently our only reused source.