Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) is pleased to join Nestlé Waters and other Nestlé divisions to celebrate World Water Day this Friday, March 22, 2013. The theme for this year’s global celebration is “Water Cooperation,” as part of the United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation.
In the spirit of this year’s World Water day theme, the company’s 7,500 employees across the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate in the “Walk for Water.” NWNA will match $1.00 per each employee to make a contribution to the Women For Water Partnership, a worldwide strategic alliance of women’s networks in 100 countries taking an active position in the areas of sustainable development, water and sanitation, poverty and gender.
At NWNA, water stewardship is at the core of who we are and what we do. The company is committed to supporting sustainable water practices – both within business operations as well as in local communities. We bring our commitment to life through sustainable water management, watershed improvement, water education and through employee engagement.
Commitment to Sustainable Water Management
Our springs remain continuous sources of high quality water.
NWNA selects its spring water sources using science to determine long-term sustainability and seeks input from local stakeholders. When considering a new spring source, we conduct studies of the source and surrounding environment, including, as applicable, stream flows, wetland and water table variations, historic land use, and precipitation patterns. Once spring sites are established, we take great care to maintain them responsibly. For this, we look to our ten on-staff natural resource managers. They assess monitoring data to make informed decisions about managing these environmental settings for sustainability and high-quality water for the long-term.
Commitment to Watershed Improvement
Through collaboration with local community organizations, we’ve restored habitats, reintroduced native plants and trees, and helped protect streams, grasslands, and woodlands.
NWNA has a deep commitment to keeping watersheds clean and healthy through watershed improvement projects, both in the communities in which we operate and across the United States. To reinforce this commitment, in 2010, we set a Corporate Citizenship goal to partner with local communities to support up to two watershed improvement projects per year between 2011 and 2015. In 2012, we supported watershed improvement projects at Ruby Mountain Springs in Chaffee County, CO and Mill River Park in Stamford, CT, and we are currently exploring opportunities for watershed improvement projects in 2013.
Commitment to Water Education
We believe protecting water resources begins with teaching our children about the importance of water stewardship and conservation.
Nestlé Waters is the largest corporate sponsor of Project WET, a non-profit that provides educators with the resources they need to educate students about water resource management, hydration and health, and environmental stewardship. Project WET has already reached 200,000 teachers in the U.S., and more than 25 million students. As a part of our continued commitment to Project WET, NWNA is sponsoring “Make a Splash” water festivals around the country this year.
A recent example of our ongoing investment in water education occurred at one of our spring sources in Florida. In partnership with Crystal Springs Preserve, we launched WaterVentures, a mobile learning lab with a mission to empower Florida’s students to make environmentally conscious decisions through interactive, educational experiences. More than 50,000 students, parents and teachers engage in hands-on learning science experiences at Crystal Springs Preserve every year. With the launch of WaterVentures, Crystal Springs Foundation and Zephyrhills have the opportunity to reach an additional 100,000 students in Northern and Southern Florida, significantly expanding their geographic footprint.
To learn more about Nestlé Waters North America’s commitment to responsible water stewardship, please visit Water Stewardship or follow us @NestleWatersNA on Twitter.