The Water Council is pleased to announce that Watts Water Technologies, Inc. – one of the world’s leading manufacturers and providers of plumbing, heating, and water quality products and solutions – has successfully completed verification for the WAVE: Water Stewardship Verified program, indicating the company has assessed water-related risk across the enterprise, identified the highest water-related impacts using credible water-related data and implemented best practice in improving water stewardship performance.
The Water Council, an internationally acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to freshwater innovation, spent two years creating, piloting and refining the WAVE methodology. WAVE formally launched in February 2022 and requires all new entrants to seek verification. Watts pilot tested the program that eventually became WAVE in 2021 and voluntarily underwent the verification process recently.
Watts’ water stewardship work was independently verified by SCS Global Services, an international leader in third-party certification of sustainability claims, and it can now use the WAVE seal on corporate materials.
“Through this process, Watts has proven its status as a leader in water stewardship across its entire enterprise,” said Dean Amhaus, The Water Council President and CEO. “It can now assure investors, customers and other key stakeholders that the company is credibly and strategically addressing water-related risks and opportunities where it matters most.”
During the WAVE process, Watts prioritized eight of its sites with the highest water risk, identified the watersheds in which it operates, conducted a water balance to learn more about its water inputs and outputs, and engaged the community around its selected sites.
As a result, Watts took a variety of actions at the local and global level to reduce water consumption, increase reuse, improve water quality, and reduce negative impacts upstream and downstream. These included expanded water metering, continued community engagement and site-specific projects. It also updated its Corporate Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Policy to reflect its goal to advance local and global water stewardship across its facilities and in the communities where it operates through stakeholder engagement and partnerships.
“Our participation in the WAVE: Water Stewardship Verified program has allowed us to better understand water as a shared resource and given us a community-based perspective when thinking about water usage and our place in this system,” said Robert J. Pagano, Jr., Watts President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board. “By looking beyond our footprint, we know we can make a larger impact in the watershed as a whole and are excited to have obtained our WAVE verification as we further our stewardship efforts.”
“SCS congratulates Watts on its water resiliency and risk-mitigation accomplishments,” said Rae Mindock, Manager of Responsible Water Practices at SCS Global Services. “SCS provided independent verification of Watts’ water stewardship performance and its related claims, ensuring credibility of its actions and outcomes.”
About The Water Council
The Water Council (TWC) is a global hub dedicated to solving critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and advancing water stewardship. Built on more than a century of innovation, TWC has coalesced one of the most concentrated and mature water technology clusters in the world from its headquarters at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Recognizing the need for smarter and more sustainable use of water worldwide, TWC also promotes water stewardship as a natural complement to water innovation in the effort to preserve freshwater resources in the Midwest and around the world. Today, The Water Council has established itself as a global leader in the water industry and one of America’s premier economic development clusters as recognized by government agencies, Brookings and the Harvard Business School.
About Watts Water Technologies
Watts Water Technologies, Inc., through its family of companies, is a global manufacturer headquartered in the USA that provides one of the broadest plumbing, heating, and water quality product lines in the world. Its subsidiaries and brands offer innovative plumbing, heating, and water quality solutions for commercial, residential and industrial applications. For more information, visit www.watts.com.
About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability veriﬁcation, certiﬁcation, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in climate mitigation, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, consumer products, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS Global Services has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to companies, agencies and advocacy organizations due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS Global Services is a chartered Beneﬁt Corporation, reﬂecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, visit www.scsglobalservices.com. Learn more about SCS Responsible Water Practices.