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Pratt & Whitney Marks Environmental Milestone in Singapore with 12 Million Gallons of Water Savings a Year

William Kircher, Eugene Heng and Dave Smith discuss water education ideas while walking along the water treatment pond at the Lorong Halus wetland.

Pratt & Whitney has marked a major environmental milestone with the reduction of annual water consumption by more than 12 million gallons a year across its Singapore operations, the equivalent of more than a half a million ten-minute showers.

Pledging to make every drop count, Pratt & Whitney identified several areas to reduce water usage across its Singapore operations. By implementing effective water conservation practices, Pratt & Whitney made significant improvements and has achieved a reduction of 40 percent in water consumption since 2000, demonstrating a record of leadership, achievement and commitment.

"Environmental sustainability is an important part of our business. We always strive to maintain the highest standards everywhere we operate and institute meaningful long-lasting environmental initiatives," said William Kircher, vice president, Pratt & Whitney's Singapore Overhaul & Repair, and president, UTC Aerospace Singapore. "Integrating environmental issues into the business model is part of our commitment to partners, employees and the communities where we live and work."

Pratt & Whitney adopted a number of initiatives in Singapore to promote water conservation across its operations in line with its global 2025 goal to reduce water consumption by 80 percent from the 2000 baseline of 33 million gallons a year. These initiatives include closed looping of wastewater processes, low flow faucets and fixtures, rain water harvesting, cooling tower management, filtration systems and the utilization of NEWater in industrial processes. 

Pratt & Whitney's newest unit, Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions facility at Seletar Aerospace Park, is a certified LEED Gold and Green Mark facility, which uses NEWater for industrial processes. The facility showcases many water conservation features that demonstrate the standard of UTC sustainability efforts. 

Pratt & Whitney's goal is to have 100 percent of facilities in Singapore utilizing NEWater in its processes, where available, by 2015. The use of NEWater and other effective water conservation practices will continue to reduce the total annual water usage. Currently, Pratt & Whitney operates nine businesses across Singapore. 

"I commend the employees at each Pratt & Whitney facility in Singapore for achieving this significant milestone in a water-scarce region," Mary Anne Cannon, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Quality and Environment, Health & Safety. "This accomplishment aligns with Pratt & Whitney's 2025 sustainability goals, which not only include an 80 percent water reduction target, but also our goal to support sustainable communities."Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, and small turbojet propulsion products.