Water is a valuable resource that needs to be managed carefully to ensure that it is available and suitable for use for the whole of society. We all share our water resources, and we’re all responsible for them. Especially now that climate change and other issues can make water availability and quality a problem in some places.

As a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), we were pleased to play a role in the development of the Council’s Position Statement on water stewardship, and we are committed to meeting its goals, including:

  • Strong and transparent corporate water governance
  • Effective water operations management
  • Working with others to achieve responsible and sustainable water use

Across our operations, we continually work to ensure water security for our own use, and we are always conscious of the impact our water usage has on the local communities where we work.

Some of the things we’ve done in recent years to safeguard our water supplies include building or leasing desalination plants at Hillside Alumina Smelter in South Africa and Mozal in Mozambique, and building a new pipeline to a reliable non-potable water supply in Worsley, Western Australia.

We work closely with local authorities and interested groups and individuals to ensure that when it comes to water, we all agree on what can and should be done, and we're always prepared to play our part.

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