Water Access & Reuse

China Nature ConservancySome 1.8 billion people will live in water-scarce regions by 2025. By the year 2030, the world's population is expected to reach 8.3 billion; in turn, the global demand for water will increase by 30 percent. Dow is involved in collaborations to help create more viable water resources and bring sanitary drinking water to those who need it.

Through this focus area, Dow will provide safe, clean drinking water to populations who currently lack access; preserve, clean-up and reuse precious water resources through innovative solutions.

DowCorps in Action

Dow Asia Pacific Collaborates to Deliver Clean Drinking Water
In 2015, Dow volunteers began testing water samples for a project with The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Longwu Freshwater Works that promises to bring vitally needed clean drinking water to farming communities in China. The effort marks Dow’s most recent collaboration with TNC in greater China.

Barú to Enjoy Safe Drinking Water
More than 4,000 inhabitants of the Bay of Barú in Cartagena, Colombia, will enjoy fresh water from the first desalination plant in Colombia.

Construction began in 2015 for the plant, thanks to an alliance formed by Fundación Mamonal, Aguas de Cartagena [Water of Cartagena], the Alcaldía de Cartagena [Cartagena City Hall] and Dow.

When the plant is online, it will provide drinking water to one of the most marginalized areas of Barú by using reverse osmosis technology made available through the Dow Water & Process Solutions business.