Better Environmental Health – Protecting Fresh Water Resources

August 27, 2018


Story Highlights:
  • A clean and reliable water supply helps ensure that all aspects of our production meet Mylan’s high quality standards, helping us comply with the safety requirements of various health authorities around the world.
  • In addition to conserving water, we continue to implement technologies to manage and reduce the amount of wastewater and effluents. We also work to minimize wastewater contaminants. In India, we are a leader in zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems.
  • As we commemorate World Water Week, Aug. 26-31, Mylan acknowledges the importance of using this precious resource responsibly.


Fresh water. We drink it. We cook with it. We wash with it. Everywhere around the world people need this precious resource. Yet, according to the United Nations (U.N.), around 1.2 billion people, nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas where fresh water is scarce.

In pharmaceutical manufacturing, fresh water is a must. We depend on it to make high quality medicine for our patients. For instance, our injectable facilities around the globe require not just water, but sterile water known as water for injection.

Each day, we do our part to protect and conserve this precious resource. Here are some examples:

  • In Australia, we harvest rainwater at our manufacturing site for use in non-potable equipment and processes; and
  • At our Indore plant in India, we collect rainwater to recharge groundwater.

Sustainable Development GoalsA clean and reliable water supply helps ensure that all aspects of our production meet Mylan’s high quality standards, helping us comply with the safety requirements of various health authorities around the world. For these reasons, Mylan recognizes water as a valued resource and supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal Number 6, Clean Water and Sanitation

Monitoring Use

We routinely track total water usage volumes and monitor them at sites within our operational control. Data is uploaded to a central database monthly and reviewed internally. We use tools from various non-government organizations (NGOs), such as the World Resources Institute, to help perform risk assessments. Withdrawal and discharge permits are maintained at all sites as required, and all operations sites are periodically audited against local regulatory and internal standards


Managing Wastewater – Leading by Example

Production requirements of our operations – coupled with local regulations and infrastructure – guide the type of water and wastewater management applied. In addition to conserving water, we continue to implement technologies to manage and reduce the amount of wastewater and effluents. We also work to minimize wastewater contaminants.

100% of effluents treated using ZLD technologyIn India, we are a leader in zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems. This technology repurposes liquid discharge back into non-potable applications in our facilities, significantly reducing environmental impact. Mylan began using ZLD in 2009 and now operates 11 ZLD facilities across India. We also installed a state-of-the-art, full-scale wastewater treatment system in our manufacturing facility in Galway, Ireland. Mylan uses other on-site wastewater treatment methods and third-party or municipal treatment plants to ensure all wastewater is treated appropriately.

More than 20 million gallons of water was saved in India in 2017 because of our initiatives.

Supporting Our Communities

It’s important that we do our part to enhance and protect the water supplies of the communities in which our employees live and work. We’ve helped improve access to clean drinking water through the installation of reverse osmosis plants that impacted the lives of thousands across 14 states in India. During 2015 and 2016, we installed 14 reverse osmosis treatment plants in the Medak and Mahbubnagar districts of Telangana state, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, we installed eight additional water treatment facilities; placed drinking water units in three schools serving 2,180 students; added toilets in three classrooms that educate more than 1,000 students; and helped clean two major bodies of water in Andhra Pradesh. Additionally, we planted 22,000 trees in India last year. 
Looking Ahead

As we commemorate World Water Week, Aug. 26-31, Mylan acknowledges the importance of using this precious resource responsibly. We continually look for opportunities to be even more efficient. It’s another way we aim to deliver better health for a better world.