Fresh water is a precious resource. Limited fresh water resources are under increasing pressure as populations grow around the world and from possible impacts of global climate change, which may reduce water supplies in some areas compared to their historic levels. To help preserve fresh water supplies for drinking and other necessary uses, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) has issued this standard to encourage preservation of fresh water through water recycling.
This Levi Strauss & Co. guideline applies to all finishing facilities that are in compliance with the Global Effluent Requirement (GER) to recycle or reuse effluent water as full or partial replacement of fresh water at the facility.
Water reuse/recycling is a proven method to conserve fresh water resources and has been demonstrated to be safe given treatment appropriate to the intended use. This Water Recycle/Reuse Standard provides facilities that finish garments for LS&Co. with guidelines to be followed to implement a water reuse/recycling program and reduce impacts to fresh water resources. The Water Recycle/Reuse Standard provides minimum requirements for the protection of human health and the environment based on global reuse standards from various countries (see Appendix E) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and guidelines for various allowable facilities’ reuse application.