Purpose and Use of the Forms
Water Profile Forms are provided to
organize the information you collect about your organization's
water uses and impacts, as well as key water sources
that are affected by your water withdrawals and/or impacts.
A separate Profile form should be completed for each
key water use, water impact, and water source identified
along the value chain. The information will be used
- Help assess and prioritize the
business risks associated with each use and impact
(see Module 2)
- Identify options for addressing
those risks (see Module 3)
Completed forms can be used in numerous
creative ways. Some ideas include:
- Use the forms in group brainstorming
exercises. Post them on the walls and list risks and
opportunities below them on flip chart sheets.
- Staple water use and impact profiles
to the profiles of sources that they affect.
- Use the profile forms to supplement
information contained in a water balance.
- Use the forms as a checklist to
ensure that the organization is asking important questions
about key water uses, impacts, and sources.
- Build a database based on the forms
to capture and aggregate information on water uses,
impacts, and sources.
Keep in mind that the overall goal
is to ensure that the organization identifies and understands
its connections to water throughout the value chain.
In addition, the organization must gather sufficient
information to identify and prioritize risks and opportunities
on which the organization can act.
Three Types of Water Profile Forms
Most companies have direct
and indirect water uses to at each stage in the
value chain. This profile can be used to collect information
about each key water use to help identify associated
opportunities and risks.
Most companies conduct some activities
that can impact surfacewater and/or groundwater
along the value chain. This profile can be used to collect
information about each water impact, or potential impact,
to help identify associated opportunities and risks.
Source Reliability Profiles
For each water use and impact identified,
it is important to identify the primary sources
of water relied upon and/or impacted. This profile
can be used to collect information about the reliability
of the source to help determine potential source vulnerabilities.
This information will be used to help identify opportunities
and risks associated with company water uses and
How to Access the Forms
The three forms have been created
in Microsoft Word® and they can be individually
opened by clicking on the links above, in the Resources
section, or in Module 1. There are three options for
accessing the forms:
Option 1: Print the forms
The forms can be printed when they
are open on the screen. Tool users can make copies of
the forms to use for completing profiles for individual
water uses, impacts, and sources.
Option 2: Download the form and complete
and save electronically
Users can download the forms by selecting
File > Save As on the menu bar when the form is open
on the screen. Save the forms to the appropriate directory
for later retrieval and use. Users can make electronic
copies of the blank forms and type profile information
directly into the forms to create electronic profiles
of individual water uses, impacts, and sources. Users
are encouraged to modify the forms to best meet their
needs and circumstances.
Option 3: Download the form and link
forms to spreadsheet or database
Users may wish to manage profile information
on water uses, impacts, and sources in a spreadsheet
or database rather than on individual forms. The template
forms contained in this tool can be used as a model
for data entry forms in a database or spreadsheet tool.
There are also ways to link Microsoft Word® documents
and forms with other applications such as Microsoft
Excel® and Microsoft Access®. Refer to the on-line
Help feature of Microsoft Word® for guidance on
Completing the Forms
A separate Profile form should be
completed for each key water use, water impact, and
water source identified along the value chain.
The questions are designed to provide
sufficient information to enable the user to consider
the questions in Module 2 that examine the business
importance of the water uses and impacts, as well as
the probability of changes occurring that could pose
potential business constraints.
The user must determine the level
of detail that will be most useful to meet the organization's
needs. For example, only selected water uses may need
characterization to make the business case or to support
a particular strategic planning activity. In many cases,
a simple qualitative characterization will suffice.
For example, in characterizing the amount of water used,
one might assign "low", "moderate",
and "significant" classifications rather than
attempting to obtain more specific volume information
(e.g., gallons per day, acre feet). Quantitative data
can be used, if available.
For high priority water uses, impacts,
and sources (e.g., those associated with significant
risks or opportunities), it may be appropriate for tool
users to revisit the profiles and conduct additional
research and analysis. More detailed profile information
will often be necessary to effectively identify risks