The ripple effect of the water crisis has reached every part of the globe. According to the World
Wildlife Fund, some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion
find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Worst, two-thirds of the global population
may face water shortages by 2025 and ecosystems will suffer.
As the gravity of these issues becomes increasingly apparent, several countries have taken
significant steps to forge a more sustainable future for the Earth. Noteworthy examples include
Singapore's water management plan and The Netherlands' intricate conservation practices.


Desalination Plant


The Delta Works in The
Netherlands was built by Rijkswaterstaat to protect the country against flooding from the North



Inspiration for the Philippines
In the Philippines, a multifaceted approach has also been embraced by the public and private
sectors in safeguarding and managing water resources. SM Supermalls are at the forefront of
the conservation and management of water resources in its mall facilities. Its endeavors form
the foundation of a more sustainable and water-secure future that the company has long been
SM's Vision: Greening the Future
SM has been recycling water since the 1990s, treating an average of 1 billion gallons of water
annually in recent years, equivalent to 1,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In line with the SM
Green Movement, SM has been continuously working towards responsible consumption and
water conservation in its properties.
To illustrate, the SM Supermalls’ comfort rooms have smart fixtures to manage water flow.
There are also signages in the mall that advocate wise water use. Wastewater is channeled to
the malls’ sewage treatment plants that recycle an estimated total of 4 million cubic meters of
water, lessening their dependence on freshwater sources for non-potable uses. SM did this
even before the measure was required by way of the Clean Water Act in 2004.

SM Mall of Asia has been involved in various sustainability and environmental initiatives,
including water recycling among others.


utilizes recycled wastewater from the mall for irrigating its gardens.

SM Malls have “Save Water” signages that typically
aim to create awareness about water conservation and
inspire people to take simple actions to reduce their water consumption

Recently, SM took a step further in resource management by launching the first-ever water
filtration system at SM City Baguio. This facility can turn collected rainwater into potable water
for mall tenant use such as washing and cooking as well as dishwashing and handwashing,
allowing the mall to further lessen its dependence on the freshwater supply of the Baguio

SM took a step further in resource management by launching the first-ever water filtration
system at SM City Baguio.

The Rainwater Treatment Facility at SM City
Baguio Baguio City Mayor Benjamin
Magalong (right) samples the potable water
from the SM Baguio rainwater treatment
facility with SM SVP for Marketing Joaquin
San Agustin (left) and SM VP for Corporate
Compliance Engr. Liza Silerio (center).
SM's dedication aligns with the world’s environmental sustainability and climate action goals.
Rainwater catchment basins in flood-prone areas and the rainwater filtration in SM Baguio

further exemplify this commitment. These significant efforts underscore the ongoing need for
sustainable practices and policies.
A Brighter Future Ahead
The journey towards sustainable water management is ongoing. SM Supermalls, through its
initiatives, paves the way for a greener, more secure future.
Learn more at SM Cares or follow SM Supermalls on social media.

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