In 2019, we reset our water use baseline to calendar year 2018. Our facilities continue to look for opportunities to reduce their water use. In 2019 we achieved a 6% absolute and 5% intensity (per case of product sold) reduction in water use relative to 2018. This represents a year-over-year water savings of 51 million gallons.
Starting in 2019, we began conducting annual water risk analyses of our operations using Water Resource Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct Tool. In 2020 we identified 10 locations in high or extremely high baseline water stress areas. The locations include five plants, four distribution centers, and one office, representing 14% of our global water use. We further assessed these locations for water risk, based on their actual water use along with the other physical quantity, physical quality, and reputational-regulatory factors in the WRI tool. We are using this data to refine our overall water risk strategy, with the goal of implementing site-specific water management plans to help offset that risk.
Since 2014, we’ve conducted third-party independent assurance of our water use.