Water Stewardship

Colgate-Palmolive (India) strives to build a sustainable future by adopting a water conservation culture and promoting resource efficiency. We monitor our resource consumption closely and encourage innovation to minimize our dependence on natural resources.

Our advanced data monitoring systems enable us to track water levels and consumption patterns, allowing us to make informed decisions for effective water management. To forecast future usage and identify water stress, we utilize the World Resource Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct tool.

Recognizing water as a shared resource, we have taken measures to ensure its availability for the communities surrounding our operations. Our focus is on freshwater conservation, efficient effluent treatment, discharge, and recycling.

We are water positive in our Goa and Sri City industrial facilities through various rainwater harvesting initiatives that recharge the aquifers and groundwater tables at regular intervals. In FY 2022-23, we replenished over 6,000 KL of rainwater from all our operational locations. Our efforts are directed towards creating a sustainable future and ensuring responsible water stewardship.

The diverse sources of water used by CPIL include


Municipal water supply


Water withdrawal and consumption

The diverse sources of water used by Colgate-Palmolive (India) include ground-water, municipal water supply, industrial corporation and rainwater. Our manufacturing facilities located in Sri City (Andhra Pradesh), Sanand (Gujarat), and Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) are identified as water-stressed regions using the World Resources Institute (WRI) aqueduct tool. We ensure to maintain a comprehensive record of water usage across all our locations, including the source and category of water withdrawn, consumed and discharged.

Refer to the table and graphs for details

Total water withdrawal (in ML)
Water withdrawal from water stressed areas (in ML)
Water withdrawal (in ML)
Water consumption (in ML)

CPIL’s water withdrawal is almost equal to its water consumption

Reducing our Water Footprint

To minimize the impact of wastewater on water bodies, Colgate-Palmolive (India) employs reliable and efficient technologies to monitor various quality parameters continuously. Our manufacturing facilities are equipped with 3-stage water treatment plants that consist of equalization tanks, primary clarifiers, flash mixers, aeration tanks, secondary clarifiers, collection tanks, pressurized sand bed filters, and carbon bed filters.

We evaluate the quality of wastewater by measuring various parameters like pH, Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), color, fluorides, and Total Soluble Solids (TSS). Our aim is to ensure that the treated water meets the standards set by Central and/or State Pollution Control Boards. The treated water is used as make up for cooling towers or boilers and for gardening purposes.

In FY 2022-23, we discharged a total of 136 ML of water, of which 50% was utilized for irrigation within our premises. Our industrial facilities in Sri City and Baddi are required to send water to a common ETP, as per the conditions mentioned in the Consent to Operate by the Pollution Control Boards.

Following tables and graphs indicate the total water discharged and its end use.

Water discharged (in ML)
Water discharged in water stress areas (in ML)

In FY 2022-2023, we effectively replenished more than

6,000 KL

of rainwater from all our operational locations.

Total water discharged (in ML)
Water discharged in water stress areas (in ML)

Promoting water conservation

Our approach to water management relies on a collaborative effort to substantially decrease our water usage. Our global and on-site teams work hand in hand to pinpoint ways to reduce our dependence on freshwater. We organize open forums (Virtual & Inperson) to inspire our employees to share diverse ideas for water conservation throughout our operations. We also commemorate World Water Day and educate our suppliers on water conservation to raise awareness among all stakeholders.