ABB India turns half of its manufacturing locations ‘water positive’

• Three of the six manufacturing locations replenishing more water to the ground than being consumed

• Potential to recharge 1,19,373 cu.m. rainwater from the site (excluding rooftop) runoff at ABB Peenya

• The water positivity index of the ABB Peenya plant is 1.05

ABB India today announced that its Peenya campus  in Bengaluru has been certified water positive by the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council. With this, three out of its six manufacturing locations are now ‘water positive’. Their Peenya campus has a water positivity index of 1.05, demonstrating its contribution towards replenishing a much greater quantity of water for the environment than withdrawals for its manufacturing facilities. Previously, the Nelamangala campus  and Nashik Plant 1  had received a ‘water positive’ certification from the GRIHA Council, in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

In place of simply replacing the amount of water taken from the environment, the company implemented a systematic approach towards ‘Water Positivity’ to replenish more water than it consumes at these locations. The approach includes initiatives such as rainwater use and recharge, reduction in the use of freshwater, water recycling, and real-time monitoring of water consumption, recharge, and saving.

The Peenya unit currently has 5 cross-wave technology-based recharge tanks and 1 conventional recharge well to capture the runoff and recharge the groundwater table. The installation of water-efficient fixtures and fittings reduced the freshwater consumption for domestic purposes, whereas the domestic wastewater generated within the site is treated through the in-house sewage treatment plant (STP) and recycled for gardening through efficient water sprinklers as well as a drip-based irrigation system resulting in water recyclability enhancement by 12 percent as compared to previous year.

The water positive index shows ABB India’s enhanced dependency on secondary water sources such as treated wastewater, and rainwater and lesser dependency on groundwater sources for its manufacturing facilities.

“At ABB, ‘sustainability in practice’ is at the core of everything we do and is a key part of our company’s purpose. Water is a precious resource, and its preservation is critical for us. Achieving water positivity for 50 percent of our manufacturing locations is a significant achievement in our journey towards resource preservation and we remain committed to turning all our manufacturing locations ‘water positive’ in coming years,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Country Head and Managing Director, ABB India.