For manufacturing companies, both the quantity and quality of water available are essential components of a business plan or strategy. Many find themselves, with the changing climate, in the position of operating with a more limited supply of water than has historically been available to them, and others simply want to build environmental awareness and their corporate commitment to sustainability. Either way, a water vulnerability assessment is an essential step in formulating a plan for understanding, prioritizing and mitigating risks that could threaten the amount of water available or the characteristics of your supply. Public utilities can also use these assessments with a bit different goal of evaluating the risk of terrorism or vandalism, but their most common use is informing industrial facility owners about managing the water resources available to them.
Water vulnerability assessments are typically conducted using a multi-stage process. These six areas represent the key considerations in determining potential threats to water quality or quantity for most of the industrial clients we work with.
Putting mitigation measures in place proactively is crucial, especially in matters that can influence public opinion. It’s more difficult to undo a negative judgment than to foster a positive one. Whether you’re developing a new process, opening a new facility, or just looking for a way to get ahead of any water-related risks, working with a consultant to conduct a water vulnerability assessment is a great place to start.