We believe access to clean, safe drinking water is a fundamental human right. We know that after a disaster, when people may lose that access, we have a role to play and no time to waste. That is why we are committed to providing water to communities in times of extreme weather events and emergencies.
Through our disaster relief partners including Americares, The American Red Cross, Gleaning for The World , Convoy of Hope and Feeding America, we direct donated bottled water to the communities in crisis. Some water donations and other on-the-ground assistance are also coordinated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local government officials.
During the season of unprecedented hurricane activity in 2017, Nestlé Waters North America donated over 5 million bottles to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
“We thank Nestlé for its commitment to this critical humanitarian relief effort, yet another example of the strong partnership we’ve built since 2004. Nestlé continues to help Americares fulfill its commitment to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis.” – Randy Weiss, Director of Corporate Relations for Americares
Flint Water Crisis Support
Starting in October 2015, our Ice Mountain team began shipping water donations to help the residents of Flint, Michigan during the devastating water crisis. In January 2016, we partnered with a coalition that included Walmart and other companies to provide safe, clean drinking water to meet the needs of more than 10,000 public school students in Flint, or the equivalent of up to 6.5 million bottles.
We continue to work closely with the Flint community to understand their current needs and how we can best help meet those needs.
In May 2018, we began donating regular truckloads of bottled water to the three East Michigan Food Bank Help Centers, located at the Greater Holy Temple, Bethel United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church. In all, we will be delivering about 50 truckloads of water over a 16 week period, providing approximately 100,000 bottles of water each week and 1.6 million bottles in total.
For more information on how to apply for water donations in times of emergency, visit our Apply for a Donation webpage.