In terms of volume, Downer’s largest water uses and discharges lie within the Mining and Laundries businesses. Most water usage and discharges across the organisation relate to those with public utilities providers, including operation of wastewater treatment plants, which treat various forms of wastewater to provide recycled water for non-potable uses, such as for irrigation and agricultural activities.
Downer aims to comply with and exceed environmental regulations in all instances of extraction and compliance. Unfortunately, the four environmental fines that were issued in FY20 related to water usage and discharge, and although relatively minor in nature, Downer discusses the learnings from each one of these breaches and puts plans in place to prevent these infractions from being repeated.
Downer is committed to refining the data integrity and confidence levels of its water data in FY21.