22. 3. 2024

Reducing water consumption for a sustainable future

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World Water Day is annually observed on 22 March. Each year a different theme attempts to draw attention to relevant and pressing issues surrounding water. As water is a very important element of environmental protection, Krka consistently plans, monitors and controls its consumption. Many of our activities are aimed at maintaining the quality of water bodies at all our production sites.


The slogan of this year’s campaign is “Water for peace”. Throughout human history, various myths and written accounts testify to the fact that water has been a source of conflict since time immemorial. When water is scarce or polluted, when people have limited access to it or have been denied access, tensions tend to flare up between various groups and nations. The World Health Organisation warns that 2.2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water. Around half of the world’s population faces severe water scarcity at least one part of the year, and these figures are expected to rise even further, driven by climate change and population growth.

At Krka, we have reduced the total volume of water used in 2023 by 11%, i.e. more than 160,000 m3 compared to 2022. The water saved could be used to fill as many as 64 Olympic swimming pools.

We used 656,773 m3 of drinking water, down 2.9% on the previous year, and 644,103 m3 of river water, down 17.9% on the previous year, while 5.6% of the river water used in cooling systems was replaced by rainwater, up 1.3% on the previous year. Total wastewater treatment unit loads decreased by 22% compared to 2022. All water systems at Krka are managed in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the HACCP system. We also focus on educating and informing our employees on topics related to the sustainable use of drinking and river water as well as wastewater management. We consistently maintain that each employee has a role to play in fulfilling Krka Group’s commitments and goals we have set for ourselves in this area.