WAE
JP Morgan & Chase made a complete shift from plastic water bottles to Drinking Water Stations, resolving their constant hassle with the bottled water vendors and reducing the carbon footprints by 65 %. The company also cut down on annual spent on water to 70 % along with providing hygienic source of water (complaint to BIS norms) to its workforce.

Problem

Safe and pure drinking water availability is a grave concern around the world with over 30 countries expected to face severe water crisis by 2050. Most corporates and institutions in the country rely on plastic water bottles for providing pure drinking water to their employees leading to myriad of problems ranging from landfills, chemical leaching into the water bottles, plastic waste and several other impacts of plastic water bottles on the environment. It takes 4 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water wasting millions of gallons of water apart from causing droughts in the region where the bottling plant is set up. Plastic bottled water is not only detrimental to environment but also unhealthy. Plastic water bottle is made up of PET which leaches endocrine disruptors in the water when kept for more than 10 days in plastic bottles.

Solution

Eradicating plastic water bottles from organizations is a mission that WAE wants to accomplish through providing viable and economic solutions for replacing plastic water bottles. Drinking Water Stations are Standalone Point of Use Purification Stations with inbuilt reservoirs and 2 temperature settings for dispensing hot and chilled water. Drinking water stations also come with 6 stage purification system that can purify raw water from any source to pure water with perfect TDS range along with cutting down microbial contamination through firewall technology. Drinking water stations also eliminate water wastage through integrating the output feed to washrooms.

Transformation

WAE Corp enabled JPMC, India to make a complete shift from plastic water bottles to Drinking Water Stations, reducing the carbon footprints by 65 % by cutting down the direct and indirect effects of plastic bottles. 38,28,585 bottles were removed from the circulation which meant 1000 sq ft of office space saved and put to productive use. Removing 38,28,585 water bottles from the circulation resulted in direct as well as indirect impact on JPMC’s carbon footprints. 16,539,487 kg CO2e/annum was cut as a direct impact resulted from cutting on carbon dioxide due to manufacturing and incineration of plastic water bottles. 2,05,212 kg CO2e/annum was cut as an indirect impact due to carbon emissions during logistics and fuel consumption in delivering the water bottles to the site. The total carbon footprints of the company were reduced by 16,744,699 kg CO2e/annum.

No. of Employees 252,539
Water Intake per day per person (8 working hours) 1.0 liters
Water requirement per day (liters) 255,239
Water requirement per year (liters) 76,571,700
No. of 20-liter plastic water bottles required per day 12,762
No. of 20-liter plastic water bottles required per month 319049
No. of 20-liter plastic water bottles required per year 3828585

Water Conservation – 1.5 billion liters water saved

Apart from reducing the carbon footprints by at least 65 %, we also enable corporates to conserve water to a considerable amount which not only is a makes a better financial sense to them but also increases their contribution to sustainability and water-secure future. Bottled water not only leads to plastic pollution but also results in water mining. To set up a big plant near a water abundant area, bottled water companies need to extract groundwater from a source at a rate more than the replenishment rate leading to persistent decline in the groundwater levels. The groundwater is taken out, bottled, and then shipped all over the country or world and this water never goes back. When the water table depletes beyond a critical limit, bottling companies just move from that area leaving a grave water scarcity. Groundwater depletion impacts everyone and everything in the area who uses water: farmers, businesses, animals, ecosystems, tourism, and the regular guy getting his water from a well. Millions of gallons of water out of the ground leaves the water table depleted uniformly and not just in that area because water table is connected across the landmass. Bottling Plants generate water scarcity and impact ecological balance.

Following table depicts the amount of water saved through removal of bottled water from JPMC:

No. of 20-liter bottles used per year 38,28,585
Water Consumption per year 7,65,71,700 liters
Water Wastage * 22,97,15,100 liters
Water Saved per year 15,31,43,400 liters
1.5 Billion liters

* It takes 4 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water