At Nestlé Waters North America, 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 and $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 not only undermine the success of our business, but 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 122 years. Our team of engineers, hydrologists, biologists and geologists consistently monitors and cares for the springs and local environment.
We never collect more water than is naturally available over the long-term, which means, if the environment generates less, we collect less. Wherever possible, we diversify our collection among the springs we source from to avoid overreliance on any one spring, and to support long-term sustainability and healthy habitats.
We’re always working to improve the efficiency of our operations, not just in times of drought. This includes implementing technologies in California facilities to recycle water for cooling and cleaning, as well as undertaking other water efficiency initiatives. Combined, these projects saved more than 54 million gallons of water between 2016 and 2017 across our five California factories.
Additionally, in 2017, Nestlé Waters' Ontario facility became the first in North America to be certified according to the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, a global benchmark created by environmental groups such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund for measuring responsible water stewardship across social, environmental and economic criteria. Today, all five of our California bottled water factories have been AWS-certified, with our Cabazon factory becoming the first Gold-certified facility in North America.