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Water Used: High Water Stress Regions (OI3637)

Volume of water used from regions with High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress during the reporting period.
Reporting format
Unit of Measure (PD1602)
Metric type
Metric level
IRIS metric citation
IRIS, 2016. Water Used: High Water Stress Regions (OI3637). v4.0.


Organizations should footnote the details of how these regions are identified, how water usage is measured in these regions, and any strategies in place to reduce water usage in these regions. See usage guidance for additional information.

Usage Guidance

  • Water sources include surface water (including water from wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans), groundwater, rainwater collected directly and stored by the registrant, wastewater obtained from other entities, municipal water supply, or supply from other water utilities.
  • This metric can be used to report water from high water stress regions used within the organization for any purpose, including but not limited to: productive processes (e.g., packaging, manufacturing, and others), human consumption, agricultural purposes, and others.
  • Organizations can refer to the glossary and to the following sources for further guidance on identifying High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress regions:
    - World Resources Institute (WRI) Water Risk Atlas Tool (
    - WWF-DEG Water Risk Filter (
    - The WBCSD Global Water Tool (
  • Organizations are also encouraged to footnote the percentage of total water use that represents water use in regions with High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress.