Even though we are a relatively small water user, we are deeply aware how precious that resource is.

Nestlé Waters is the worldwide bottled water leader. However, our global operations amount to only 0.0009% of worldwide estimated freshwater withdrawals.

As a beverage industry, we are entirely dependent upon a secured supply of water in sufficient quantity and consistent quality. Accurate monitoring of our water resources is a primary business interest. The ability to sustain a bottled water business in the long-term means ensuring natural renewability as well as protecting and preserving the water sources we utilise.


Natural mineral and spring waters can only be subjected to very selective and strictly limited types of treatments (if any). Therefore, maintaining the original chemical and microbiological composition of our water sources is a regulatory condition of our license to operate.

The fact that many of our brands have been in existence for decades – POLAND SPRING since 1845, VITTEL since 1854, PERRIER since 1863 and S. PELLEGRINO since 1899 – highlights the acute expertise we have accumulated in sustainable water management.

Our management of water resources is in alignment with the definition of sustainability as described by the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Water resource management at Nestlé Waters is based on three fundamental actions :

  • Monitoring water resources
  • Protecting water sources
  • Optimising water uses

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