Sanitation & Water Management

Access to clean water and sanitation as a human right is becoming critical as the world grows. In 2020, around 2 billion people had no access to drinking water and 4 billion did not have access to safely managed sanitation.


Orbia provides PVC for use in pipes and fittings as well as city-scale water management solutions to enable the delivery of clean water and sanitation to people around the world, contributing to advancing Sustainable Development Goal #6.

We are a signatory of the CEO Water Mandate and are committed to water stewardship, collective action, and providing access to safely managed Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in our workplace, for our customers and their communities.

Our contributions to the SDGs:


  • Target 6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women, girls and those in vulnerable situations.
  • Target 12.2 By 2030, achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.


  • Target 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.


How Orbia is making a difference:

Improving sanitation in Latin America

Wavin has a long history of supporting WASH programs in Latin America. One example is a project focused on communities neighboring our facilities in Colombia, in alliance with the NGO Techo Colombia. This initiative enabled the construction of domestic hydrosanitary infrastructure for families in vulnerable conditions, increasing access to basic sanitation and hygiene services for those communities, and contributing to an improved quality of life. Wavin supports WASH programs with diverse partners in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Central America.


Making handwashing accessible

Orbia supported UNICEF’s expanded efforts to keep children and their families safe from infection as part of their global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our donation of essential supplies, including water tanks and pipes manufactured by Orbia, helped address the urgent needs of nearly 300,000 people in schools, health centers, childcare facilities and other public venues. This was achieved through the installation of handwashing stations across Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru and South Africa.



Caustic Soda Blue

Vestolit’s PVC production plant in Marl, Germany, produces chlorine through an energy-intensive process of electrolysis. A byproduct of the electrolysis process is caustic soda, a highly versatile substance commonly used in water treatment, to raise the pH of water by absorbing water and carbon dioxide, resulting in clean water. Vestolit is sourcing renewable electricity to support the production of low-carbon caustic soda.


No-dig water infrastructure for cities

The trenchless (ZinZanja) rehabilitation solutions from Wavin using compact pipe and eight other no-dig technologies are now coming into widespread use for urban water installations and aging water infrastructure upgrades alike, offering dramatic gains in direct regional costs (with reductions in construction costs of up to 75%), time-to-completion, resource efficiency, maintenance needs and resiliency. To date, Wavin has now installed over 1.5 million meters of compact pipe systems worldwide to fix old buildings, repair leaking pipes, and reliably carry water to citizens worldwide for up to 80 years, unimpeded.