Because water quality and scarcity are growing concerns that affect all people and industries, we are committed to proper water use management practices for all Cree sites. We continuously strive to implement best management practices that conserve and recycle water and prevent and reduce water pollution:

  • Cree’s Durham site has been recycling process water since 2005, and we currently recycle an average of 120,000 gallons of water per day. Cree’s Huizhou site installed a new water recycling system in 2017 and now recycles an average of 211,000 gallons of water per day.
  • In 2007, Cree’s Durham and RTP sites initiated a wastewater pre-treatment system, which prevents 22,000 pounds of fluoride each year from entering a local water supply. Cree’s Racine site also has a wastewater pre-treatment system which prevents various metals from entering a local water supply.
  • In 2016, Cree’s Durham site implemented a new system for its cooling towers to reduce water usage, which will lead to an annual estimated savings of 4 million gallons of water.
  • At all sites, Cree has implemented best management practices for control of stormwater to minimize the effects of stormwater run-off.
  • Cree’s Durham site is reducing the risks associated with chemical spills by using a stormwater conveyance system which allows for containment in the event of an incident.
  • Cree‘s Durham site collects rainwater to supplement water used for irrigation.

Cree's Global Manufacturing Water Discharges
in Millions of Gallons

Cree's Global Manufacturing Water Discharges (in millions of gallons) graph.

Cree’s Global Manufacturing Water Consumption
in Thousands of Gallons

Cree’s Global Manufacturing Water Consumption in Thousands of Gallons