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Like all energy producers, ExxonMobil uses water in its operations. Read on to learn more about ExxonMobil's approach to water use and about the intersection between water and energy, now and in the future.


Water covers 70 per cent of the earth’s surface – the volume of water on earth has remained unchanged for millions of years. However, 97 per cent of the earth’s water is salt water, and less than 1 per cent is fresh water in liquid form.

Policy considerations

For millions of people around the world, access to water, energy, food and shelter can be critical steps to improving their standard of living and making a better life for their families. At the same time, a growing population and increased standards of living place pressure on local water resources or related ecosystems. How will society manage...

Water and energy

Globally, agriculture is the largest user of fresh water, accounting for 70 per cent of all withdrawals. But as national income rises, the proportion of water used for electrical power generation in a country increases sharply and the proportion used for agriculture decreases. Industrial use (including the oil and gas industry) makes up less than 5...

Water framework

ExxonMobil is committed to addressing the challenge of sustainability – balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection – so that future generations will not be affected by actions taken today. Above all other objectives, ExxonMobil is dedicated to safe and environmentally responsible operations.