The Water Management Standard is an industry-leading initiative that will advance how we analyze our industrial wastewater and stormwater and help provide critical information as 3M enhances environmental stewardship at our sites.
Through this new program, 3M will gather and make available industrial wastewater and stormwater data from our sites globally. This information will help drive our environmental management decisions and direct technology investments to where they’re most needed.
When fully deployed, more than 150 3M sites will proactively collect industrial wastewater and/or industrial stormwater samples on a regular basis.
These samples will be analyzed for a consistent set of materials — in some instances, materials beyond the regulatory guidelines already required of our facilities — such as metals, solids, nutrients, organics and select PFAS.
This data will help inform technology investments to improve water quality associated with our operations.
At 3M, we value collaboration to develop solutions for shared global challenges. Our sites will voluntarily make available their industrial wastewater and/or industrial stormwater data to certain regulators. In doing so, we will share knowledge and work together toward enhanced water stewardship.
By regularly analyzing our industrial discharges, we are better equipped to make data-driven decisions that will enhance environmental stewardship at our global sites.