Water is a natural resource which is essential to life and a healthy environment. Water is also an essential raw material in our manufacturing processes, and we are committed to the responsible consumption and management of this important resource. Therefore, we seek to conserve water across our operations and to discharge wastewater that is properly treated to meet regulatory requirements and avoid degradation to the surrounding environment.
Between 2017 and 2019, Materion facilities reduced water usage by over 60,500 cubic meters (m3) per year through the installation of new equipment and improvements in processes and procedures. 2019 is the first year for which a comprehensive, companywide water use assessment was conducted. The results of this assessment will be used to focus our planning and implementation on those operations and activities that provide the greatest potential for water use reductions and/or optimization. The 2019 companywide Water Use data is provided in the following table.