Water Security

Water Security in Hands

Enhancing Water Security in the Automotive Industry

AIAG’s Commitment to Water Security

AIAG is at the forefront of promoting sustainable water use within the automotive industry. Our dedicated work group, following the insights from the Automotive Water Benchmark [ES-1], is committed to developing strategies and tools to ensure that the industry leads with innovation and responsibility in water management.

Understanding Water Security

Water security involves ensuring sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for preserving ecosystems, and for guarding against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters. In the context of the automotive industry, it translates into managing the water footprint across the entire supply chain, from production to end-of-life vehicle management.

The Automotive Industry's Impact on Water Resources

The automotive industry is a significant consumer of water, utilizing vast amounts for everything from metal fabrication and painting to cooling and air conditioning systems. With each step requiring water, the potential impact on water resources is substantial. Our work group seeks to mitigate these impacts through identifying innovative water management practices to create a sustainable future.

What We Do

AIAG’s Water Security workgroup provides a framework for automotive OEMs and suppliers to share leading practices related to water use in operations.


  • Water withdrawal benchmarking
  • Developing a water balance
  • Finding out the “True cost of Water”
  • Water Treasure Hunt process
  • Water conservation leading practices
  • Water reuse methods

1.9 billion people live in potential severely water-scarce areas. In 2050, this number will increase to 2.7 to 3.2 billion people.

United Nations | 2020

Get Involved

Benefits of engaging in this initiative include:

  • Improving water security for operations
    • Water and cost savings
    • Reduce operating risk
  • Access educational and information sharing opportunities, including symposiums, training and webinars

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The survey identified 135 aspects to benchmark for North American facilities, including metrics, assessments, management processes, and sustainability.

This document helps industrial facilities with operations that use water identify the "true cost" by tracking its use and associated expenses.

These companies are participating in this group:


Current Participants

  • Arcadis U.S., Inc.
  • Continental Corporation
  • Cree, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Company
  • Honda of America Manufacturing Inc
  • IAC Group North America
  • Magna International Inc.
  • Nexteer Automotive
  • Nissan North America
  • Stellantis
  • Toyota Motor North America

Program Management: Corporate Responsibility Team - (248) 358-3570

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