Greenwich, Conn. (May 5, 2010) – Nestlé Waters North America today provided an update on efforts to deliver drinking water to the approximately two million people in eastern Massachusetts impacted by a break in a major water pipe which delivers water to Boston and nearby communities.
Nestlé Waters North America is an official emergency provider for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, with which it worked closely to distribute bottled water to the area’s most vulnerable populations, including hospitals, nursing homes and schools for distribution within communities. Specifically, the company leveraged its efficient regional distribution infrastructure to quickly deliver 40 truckloads – the equivalent of more than one million bottles – of water across the region. Most of this bottled water was Poland Spring® Brand Natural Spring Water, which has served the region for more than 160 years.
The company’s Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water and Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water also contributed to the response effort. Production in Nestlé Waters facilities across the Northeast was increased through the duration of the boil-water order, with employees working around the clock to ensure adequate supply to meet the increased demand for bottled water.
"We are proud to have had the opportunity and ability to aid our neighbor communities across the greater Boston area in this time of need,” said Bill Maples, Northeast Operations Director for Nestlé Waters North America. “Access to clean drinking water is vital in instances when normal supply is temporarily limited or unavailable, and Nestlé Waters remains committed to working with government agencies and relief organizations to help ensure access quickly to those most in need.”
“We can’t thank Nestlé Waters North America and Poland Spring enough for their efforts over the past few days,” said Peter Judge, Public Information Officer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. “They stepped up and responded incredibly fast, just as they have in the past. With their distribution network and infrastructure, they were able to make a significant impact in helping us determine how to get the water quickly to those who needed it most.”
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.com.