Doesn't NWNA use a great deal of water and then leave communities with depleted aquifers?
Nestlé Waters North America believes that protecting its springs is not only crucial for the communities in which the company operates, but also for the success of and return on investment in a bottling plant.. While the company is a visible user in those communities, it collects a relatively small amount of the available water and does so sustainably. In most cases, state authorities, through a permitting process, determine how much water Nestlé Waters can safely and sustainably withdraw. Extensive testing studies the size of the aquifer, how much water is already being used, and the rate at which the water recharges from rainfall and snowmelt.
NWNA employ 10 full-time geologists who monitor its spring sources and manage them for long-term sustainability. The company is a small user of fresh water, using less than 0.0003 percent of total fresh water available in the U.S. annually. Additionally NWNA invests $8 million annually to maintain its spring water sites and their surrounding recharge areas. To protect local watersheds, habitats and preserve open space, the company maintains more than 14,000 acres of land around its spring sources. As outlined in NWNA's corporate citizenship report, the company is committed to conducting two new watershed improvement projects a year near the communities from which it sources its water.
Learn more about Nestlé Waters North America's responsible water stewardship practices.
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