Nestlé Waters is a responsible water user. It is not in the company’s long-term business interests to irresponsibly manage water resources: indeed, we depend on a secure supply of water in sufficient quantity and consistent quality.
Nestlé Waters has developed real expertise in the responsible management of water resources and has a team of dedicated hydrogeologists and water resource champions committed to this purpose. Each factory (Nestlé Waters has about 100 factories) has a water resource champion in charge of monitoring the water resource and ensuring that any preventive actions to protect the source are put in place.
The company undertakes thorough environmental reviews and rigorous monitoring on a continuous basis of the water resources we operate, which allows Nestlé Waters to act quickly to mitigate any impact on the water source. This is coupled with the continuous optimisation of water used during production.
For example, we have reduced the amount of additional water (i.e. the water used for cleaning and cooling purposes) required to manufacture 1 litre of product by 34% (2005-2010).
For the past 20 years, Nestlé Waters has also worked closely with the local community around our Vittel and Contrex sources in France on a programme called Agrivair which aims to preserve the quality of the water resources by, amongst others, improving agricultural practices. Nestlé Waters in Switzerland has also fostered local partnerships around the Henniez source to help preserve natural resources and maintain farmer income in this region of Switzerland. In Mexico, the ranch surrounding the Santa Maria source, once used for agricultural land, has begun to be restored to the native pine and oak forests. This restoration has been important to protect the watershed.