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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

Water – the source of life

All life on earth depends on water, so we should take care of it! In Obereisenbach, we monitor our use of water in our EMAS and ISO14001 audits.

Aruwa Bendsen, Programme Manager, Freshwater Ecosystems Unit of the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program)

"The quality of water determines the extent of human health as well as the ecosystem."

No process water in the production facility

Water management is, of course, important, for our EMAS certification as well. However, from an environmental protection point of view, it does not play a major role at our company headquarters in Tettnang.


Here, water is used exclusively for sanitation and in the lab for waterproof testing and washing tests and then discharged into the municipal sewage system. Water consumption is recorded by our water utility and regularly assessed.


In our Made in Germany production facility, no water is needed for processing so we do not recycle or reuse water here.



20,000 liters of rain water

We use the water from a 20,000 liter rainwater tank as service water, e.g. for toilet flushing. We only use tap water if the rainwater tank is empty.


Water consumption VAUDE Tettnang (cubic meters)

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Ground water well protected

The total water supply for our Tettnang-Obereisenbach headquarters is provided by the municipal water utility. The source of our drinking water is a groundwater aquifer from the Bodnegg District.


In the water protection area, rainfall amounts ensure adequate groundwater renewal. The natural cycle is not disturbed by groundwater extraction.


The groundwater is so well protected by natural means from environmental influences that it is possible to directly feed pumped water without treatment into our distribution network.



 
 

From rain water to biotopes

Rainwater is collected in two ponds on the company premises that are available for fire safety. They are wonderful biotopes for amphibians and are also used by employees as a rest area and for tadpole observation of the childcare center.

GRI:   303-1
Water withdrawal by source
GRI:   303-2
Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water
GRI:   303-3
Water recycled and reused
GRI:   103
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