It is our business and our passion to care for water, and we take it seriously. We recognize the significant responsibility we have as a bottled water company in California to operate sustainably both where we source water and where we bottle it.
When we build a factory, we invest between $50 - $100 million in that facility, and maintaining sustainable water practices is critical to our success. It would make absolutely no sense to invest millions of dollars into our local operations just to deplete the natural resources on which our business relies. It would undermine the success of our business and go against every value we hold as people and as a company.
Operating Responsibly and Sustainably
Our Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water has been responsibly sourced from the springs in Strawberry Canyon, in what is now the San Bernardino National Forest, for more than 124 years. The ability to supply this spring water to consumers for more than a century is a testament to just how committed we are to long-term sustainability.
Our dedicated team of engineers, hydrologists, biologists and geologists consistently monitor and care for the springs and local environment. They help ensure that we never collect more water than what is naturally available; which means, if the environment yields less, we collect less.
Our responsible water management does not just pertain to how we source water. We are also always working to improve our water usage across our five factories in California.
This includes implementing technologies in California facilities to recycle water for cooling, as well as undertaking other water efficiency initiatives. Combined, these projects save millions of gallons of water per year across our five California factories.
In 2017, our Ontario, California facility became the first site of any kind in in North America to be certified according to the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard. In 2020, this factory once again led the charge, becoming the first food and beverage factory in the world to earn AWS Platinum certification. We were also the first company of any type to achieve this advanced certification in North America.
In 2018, we pledged to certify all of its water bottling sites by 2025. Thus far, the company has certified 30 sites around the world, 14 of which are located in the United States.
To date, all of NWNA's California factories, including Ontario, Sacramento, Livermore, Cabazon, and Los Angeles have been certified under the AWS Standard in the U.S., and these factories are now recertifying under v2.0 of the Standard. This is part of our 2018 pledge to certify all of its water bottling sites around the world by 2025.
Created by prominent environmental groups such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, the AWS Standard is the first comprehensive global benchmark measuring responsible water stewardship across social, environmental, and economic criteria.