Water Stress Index

Is water stress exposing your operations or supply chains to risk?

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Water scarcity is an increasing issue faced by businesses that could impact operations and ultimately revenue. Our Water Stress index evaluates total water use relative to annual available flow on a catchment level across the globe, enabling users to assess inherent water stress in a particular business location. The index also takes into account different levels of combined domestic, industrial, and agricultural water demand to give you a big picture view of where your operations are most at risk.

The Water Stress Index can help you:

  • Understand where your business portfolio is most exposed to water stress
  • Evaluate the physical, regulatory, and reputational risks arising from water scarcity and identify opportunities in locations with increasing population and demand potential
  • Anticipate which areas in your portfolio are most exposed to regulatory risks designed to limit water use or optimise distribution to users
  • Identify segments within your supply chain that are at risk of disruption in operations due to water shortages
  • Plan for the future by putting countermeasures in place

Who could benefit from the index?

Risk Management
Identify jurisdictions in your portfolio most at risk of water stress and better manage reputational, compliance, and social risks

Corporate Sustainability
Understand where worsening water stress conditions affect corporate sustainability benchmarks

Procurement and Supply Chain
Trace segments in the supply chain at risk of disruption due to increasing water stress and where this poses operational risks

Features and benefits at-a-glance


Comparable annual scores across sites for 188 countries


Subnational index gridded at 5km globally


Consistent dataset dating back to 2000

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Download a sample report from our Water Stress Index: Extractives operators need proactive approach for water scarce future