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Water Management

Lexmark Commitment to Water Conservation and Protection

Lexmark is focused on efficiently managing water usage and water conservation at our facilities. Lexmark reported 59 percent less total water use in 2015 as compared to 2005, meeting our 2020 goal five years ahead of schedule.

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Water Usage

Lexmark manufacturing and research and development operations, both owned and leased, have an impact on water consumption. Lexmark uses water for three main purposes: manufacturing and development, sanitation and heating, and ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Our water usage can vary due to the need to control temperature. As external temperatures rise, we use more water in our HVAC systems to cool our facilities. We cannot control the underlying primary variable in our cooling-driven water usage—external temperature.

Lexmark has identified five of our reporting facilities to be in overall medium to high risk water locations per the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas. We aggressively monitor, control and reduce water usage where opportunities exist. Using newly available water tools will help us focus on the regions highlighted as having the highest risk and work to reduce or maintain low consumption.

Total Water Usage
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Water Management Program

Through the years, Lexmark has initiated several programs at our facilities to reduce consumption of water. Based on our corporate water plan which was initiated in 2009, Lexmark is driven toward achieving significant and sustained reductions in water usage. We regularly establish water usage objectives, and performance against these objectives may affect annual performance reviews and related salary adjustments for facilities managers.

As Lexmark assesses boundaries for operational reporting, new contacts or methods of educational awareness surrounding water use at new or changed locations may be required.

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Cebu City, Philippines

Lexmark Cebu City, Philippines, demonstrates the corporate water plan in action. This site focuses on preventive and corrective maintenance of the water system, and works to engage employees in awareness activities to conserve water and report leaks immediately. In 2015, a water project was undertaken to connect the water supply between the buildings on site to eliminate water waste, with a project cost of approximately $4,300. This site achieved a 5,981 m3 water savings in 2015 as compared to the previous year, in part due to the water management projects on site. A small portion of the reported usage represents water donated to the local fire department for emergencies in neighboring communities, rather than use for activities on site.

Kolkata, India

Installation of bio-safe and clean waterless urinals, vacuum pressure air-conditioning maintenance and recycling water within the air conditioning system contributes to sustained water efficiency at the Lexmark facility in Kolkata.

Lexington, KY, USA

In Lexington, Kentucky, more efficient HVAC systems, installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures and a successful partnership with GE Water services have contributed to water conservation. Lexmark completed the most recent water reduction project at Lexmark headquarters in 2015. The project started in 2011, with a $1 million investment in piping upgrades and $20K expenditures in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to help reduce leaks and improve reliability. Lexmark spent approximately $365,000 in 2015 to remove four main site fire loop pumps and add one zoned fire pump to lower pressure on the underground site fire piping loop and minimize leaks.

Lenexa, KS, USA

Lexmark’s Lenexa, Kansas, facility is LEED certified and has implemented strategies to reduce the amount of water used at this location by a minimum of 35 percent. Some of the projects implemented include the installation of water-efficient toilets, urinals, faucets and showerheads. This site additionally contributed to LEED certification by reducing water consumption via the installation of all native landscape plantings not requiring permanent irrigation.

Boulder, CO, USA

Our Boulder, Colorado, site has initiated a water reuse program. The site uses a reverse osmosis cleaning process to recycle a portion of water generated by manufacturing activities and utilizes a portion of the water coming from the labs and industrial processes in cooling towers. In 2015, Boulder estimated approximately 3,940 m3 of water reuse via reverse osmosis and 12,870 m3 of water reuse in cooling towers.

Juarez, Mexico

The Lexmark facility in Juarez, Mexico, also focuses on water reuse projects. 23,139 m3 of water from production processes were reused in multiple ways, including cooling towers and the toner manufacturing processes, representing 20 percent of the total water consumption at this site.

Water Reuse

As demonstrated in our water usage program updates, reuse has become a focus of water management at Lexmark. Our locations in Boulder, CO, and Juarez, Mexico, report water reuse. Together these sites reuse a total of 39,949 m3 water, representing 9 percent of the total water usage reported within Lexmark’s water boundary in 2015.

Water Withdraws and Discharges

Lexmark is concerned with where our water originates and where it ends up. We understand that access to clean, abundant and affordable water is a critical issue. We also understand that our commitment to responsible use of our water resources and protection of local watersheds helps to ensure that our local communities have access to these water resources. Most Lexmark facilities withdraw water exclusively from municipal water supplies and other water utilities.

Water Source Table

Lexmark Facility Utility Provider Original Sources of Water*

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Kentucky American Water

Kentucky River, Jacobson Reservoir and Lake Ellerslie

Boulder, Colorado, United States

City of Boulder Utilities Division

Barker Reservoir, Lakewood Reservoir, Boulder Reservoir and Carter Lake via the Boulder Feeder Canal

Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Junta Municipal de Agua Saneamiento de Juárez

Hueco Bolson, underground aquifer

Cebu, Philippines

Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD)

The Buhisan Dam and 113 deep wells, and the diversion weir in Barangay

Kolkata, India

DLF IT Park via local municipality

Ganges River processed through osmosis water treatment plant

Shawnee/Lenexa, Kansas, United States

Water One

The Missouri River and Kansas River and wells along the Kansas River

Budapest, Hungary

Fövárosi Vízmüvek

Multiple sources, but water from the Danube River (from wells located near the river) dominates the supply

Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Water Company

Pearl River—the biggest river in south China

Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

City of Toronto, Toronto Water

Lake Ontario and municipal wells

* To the best of our knowledge, none of these bodies of water is recognized by professionals to be particularly sensitive due to their relative size, function or status as a rare, threatened, or endangered system. In addition, none supports a particular endangered species of plant or animal, or is considered a nationally or internationally proclaimed conservation area. None of these water sources is significantly affected by Lexmark water usage.

Planned Discharges

Wastewater from Lexmark operations is primarily discharged to local utility systems for treatment. We discharge some water directly to nearby bodies of water in accordance with local laws and regulations. Lexmark’s discharge of environmentally neutral water to the Cane Run Creek that flows through Lexmark property in Lexington, Kentucky, has had positive impact. The wildlife that depends on the Cane Run Creek (an impaired surface stream that is particularly vulnerable in times of drought) benefits from the occasional addition of water so that fish, birds and other wildlife can survive during times when the water level in the creek is otherwise detrimentally low.

Water discharges are often assumed to be equivalent to total water consumption; however, in Lexington, Kentucky, discharge monitoring has shown that only half of our usage is discharged to the sanitary sewer system. The majority of the remaining water sourced is evaporated from our cooling towers, diverted to Cane Run Creek to benefit that ecosystem, or absorbed into the soil when weather demands require care for landscaping and athletic fields.

Juarez, Mexico, estimates that 20 percent of water is lost due to evaporation in cooling towers, resulting in less sourced water being discharged to the sewage system.

Unplanned Discharges

In an effort to prevent negative impacts on the environment, Lexmark has established site-specific pollution prevention plans that encompass compliance with applicable environmental regulations; outline Lexmark’s proactive pollution prevention efforts; and address spill prevention, hazardous waste management, recycling, and water quality. These plans cover multiple pollution routes, including discharges to ground, air and water. Pollution prevention plans are in place at all Lexmark-owned manufacturing and research and development facilities worldwide.

Lexmark reported no significant spills in our 2015 financial statement. In an effort to continually improve our processes, we record and investigate all spills—regardless of size or impact—as directed by site ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems and other corrective and preventive action programs.

All water discharges (whether planned or unplanned) that are destined for the local utility or nearby bodies of water are closely monitored by site facilities and environmental teams that test for water quality. From 2014 to 2015, the Lexmark total water expenditure decreased by 9 percent.


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