Kimberly-Clark and Deltares Launch Innovative Tool for Sustainable Water Management
WaterLoupe tracks data on social, economic and climate factors impacting water availability within river basins and displays the information on a highly visual, user-friendly dashboard. The tool allows users to assess water risks for an entire watershed as well as specific sectors and sub-groups, such as industrial users, farmers and households, over a 30-year time horizon. Deltares developed the dashboard based on a study of the Aburrá and
"Clean water is one of the world's most essential natural resources. It's also a key input to Kimberly-Clark's tissue-making operations, and several of our mills are located in watersheds at high risk for water scarcity," said
Kimberly-Clark plans to use the WaterLoupe tool in the high-risk river basins where it operates manufacturing facilities by 2022. In the coming months, the company and Deltares will present the dashboard to their NGO partners and other manufacturers to obtain feedback on its functionality and content and identify further improvements.
The introduction of WaterLoupe is the latest step in Kimberly-Clark's global water risk management program. In recent years, the company has:
- Invested in water recycling systems which have reduced the volume of freshwater used in its manufacturing operations by nearly 35 million cubic meters between 2010 and 2016.
- Conducted a water screening assessment to determine which operations are at high risk for water stress, and initiated watershed analyses and target setting for water-stressed locations.
- Begun engagement of NGO partners and key stakeholders in the development of sustainable water management plans at the local level.
For more information on Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability 2022 program, including our water risk management strategy, visit www.sustainability2022.com
Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. With the co-creation of the WaterLoupe tool, Deltares strives to improve the environmental and social impact of river basins. To get to know the organization, visit www.deltares.nl or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
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