Partnership with Project WET Helps Educate Children about the Importance of Water Conservation and Stewardship
Greenwich, Conn. (March 19, 2010) – Nestlé Waters North America – a longstanding advocate for quality testing and transparency in reporting – today announced efforts to increase awareness about water quality and sustainability in support of the World Water Day 2010 theme, “Clean Water for a Healthy World.” World Water Day is celebrated on March 22.
Continuing its ongoing commitment to educate children about issues related to managing and protecting water resources, Nestlé Waters is partnering withProject WETto provide water education kits to classrooms in local communities. As the largest corporate sponsor of Project WET in the United States and around the world, Nestlé Waters has helped Project WET educate more than 25 million students and 200,000 teachers on water resource management, hydration and health, and environmental stewardship.
Educational kits will be distributed to local schools in the communities where Nestlé Waters facilities have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. Nestlé Waters leads the U.S. food and beverage industry with nine LEED-certified plants and more than 3.5 million square feet of LEED-certified manufacturing space. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that measures how well a building performs across various sustainability metrics, including water efficiency, energy savings, CO2 emissions reduction and stewardship of resources.
“We believe people have a right to quality water and that careful management is crucial to ensuring access for generations to come,” said Heidi Paul, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Waters North America. “Along with our parent company Nestlé SA, we’re proud to support World Water Day and to partner with Project WET and other organizations around the world to promote the importance of water stewardship.”
“Project WET and Nestlé Waters share a deep concern for water quality and conservation,” said Dennis Nelson, Project WET president and CEO. “Through our longstanding and successful partnership, we continue to work together to educate more people about important water issues.”
From source to bottle, Nestlé Waters strives to provide the high-quality, healthful hydration consumers want with minimal environmental impact. Since 2000, the company has reduced total water consumption in its factories by 7.8% and, in 2007, reduced water use by 1.3% while increasing production 10%.For more information on Nestlé Waters’ commitment to quality and sustainability, visit www.Nestle-WatersNA.com and www.beveragelcafootprint.com.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Central to the leadership of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is its 34-year history and single-focus on producing bottled water products. The company’s dedication to product quality, manufacturing expertise, efficient production, employee development and environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has helped Nestlé Waters become the number one bottled water company in the U.S. To reach success, the company follows its credo: Respect for each other, respect for the environment, and respect for the community. To learn more, visit www.Nestle-WatersNA.