Case Study: Small Change Leads to Big Water Savings. Read more...
Water is a precious natural resource that is vital to Amgen’s business and to the communities in which we operate. Our staff members strive to conserve water in strategic ways that support our business while fulfilling our responsibilities for water compliance.
Drought is a concern at key Amgen facilities, including our world headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California. In 2016 we completed an extensive water assessment at this location, which identified opportunities to implement a range of projects that have substantial impact for water conservation and cost savings. With their continuous improvement mindset, Amgen staff seek opportunities to improve equipment and approaches or bring in new technology for more efficient use of water. Some of the projects and technologies we implement strategically at various sites to drive water conservation results include:
- Water-efficient fixtures for restrooms, breakrooms and other facilities.
- Drought tolerant landscaping.
- Smart irrigation technology and water-wise irrigation.
- Improvements to equipment operations and management in central utilities.
- Increased efficiency in the generation of purified water for use in manufacturing.
- Water recycling at selected sites. Our facility in Puerto Rico has a water recycling plant on site.
- Next-Generation Biomanufacturing technologies and facilities that conserve vast amounts of water.
The majority of the water we use—more than 99 percent of it—comes from municipal sources. A much smaller portion—less than 1 percent—comes directly from groundwater. In addition to efforts to reduce the demand for water, as described above, we also work to maximize the amount of water recovered for recycling or reuse, particularly at our facility in Puerto Rico, which features a water treatment and recycling plant that processes wastewater to a standard above potable levels. Overall in 2016, Amgen recycled or reused nearly 641,000 cubic meters of water, representing 29 percent of our total water withdrawal.
Successful water management includes reducing water consumption while also monitoring wastewater discharge. To comply with local wastewater requirements, Amgen facilities operate under agreements that regulate the amounts and types of materials discharged in wastewater, and each facility adheres to all applicable reporting requirements. In 2016, The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority recognized Amgen with a Perfect Compliance Award for compliance with all applicable wastewater regulations.