Water use efficiency

   
Water-use-efficiency

As a bottled water industry leader, we are extremely aware on how precious water is to human beings. Thus it is our primary responsibility to be an exemplary and careful water user in order to avoid waste.

Using efficiently water resource

The Global Environmental Footprint tool can compile the overall water consumptions along our product life cycle. In 2010, this amounted to 2.6L per liter produced.

This figure illustrates how this water is used :

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In comparison to other beverage options, the bottled water industry is a very small water user :

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Such differences are mainly due to the use of water to produce the ingredients that are necessary for beverages such as sugar, sweeteners, fruits, cereals, and colorants.

The manufacturing phase for bottled water is also much less demanding for water, as the transformation processes are minimal. Future water stress assessment should take into account local water stress conditions to provide a more accurate vision of overall water consumption.

Direct water use

We distinguish between direct water use withdrawn at the factory level, and indirect water use by our suppliers or third parties for packaging, energy, and transportation.

Even though we are a relatively small water user, we focus on constantly reducing our direct water use.

At the factory level, water is not only used to fill the bottle. Like any other industry, water is required for industrial processes such as cleaning and cooling. We call this water above what is inside the Bottle: additional water

Over the reporting period, Nestlé Waters reduced its additional water use by 34%, reaching a global average of 0.65L of additional water per liter that we produce.

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While our global average is 0.65L of additional water, we have some factories that are higher than this on average, as well as some factories that improve upon this. At the high end of additional water use, in 2010, 5% of our factories required above 2L/L of additional water (versus 25% in 2005).

Of our best-in-class factories, in 2010, 18% of our factories required less than 0.35L/L of additional water versus only 13% in 2005. Some of them are already below 0.2L/L.

Yearly water reduction achievements can be seen in Vietnam, Italy, Nigeria and Canada.

In addition, as every Nestlé Waters’ factory is equipped with a wastewater treatment facility, any waste of water discharged back into the environment is guaranteed to be clean.

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