Nestlé Waters North America is committed to managing water supplies for long-term sustainability. We share concerns about the severity of California’s drought and remain committed to responsibly making use of California’s resources, as we have for more than 25 years. Most of the water, nearly 80%, of what we produce in California is consumed in California.
Recognizing that no company, person or entity is immune from the effects of the drought, we have planned for and adapted our operations in light of the current situation. Across California, our efficiency efforts have resulted in a 19% reduction in the water used in the production of our products from 2010 to 2013. The amount of water Nestlé Waters uses in California in one year is equivalent to 0.004% of the water used in California.
In the case of groundwater, we consistently monitor water levels to maintain our operations within sustainable limits for the long-term. Our water use management program includes curtailing withdrawals depending on conditions at a spring site. Our monitoring shows that our mitigation efforts have been effective and there is no significant adverse impact on the any springs or surrounding groundwater levels related to the water we withdraw. Additionally, across southern California, we can source from any of five high-quality spring water supplies. Depending on local conditions, we diversify the springs we use to avoid over-reliance on any one spring.
We report our water use to the appropriate governing body where required and comply with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Our Cabazon bottling facility was the first food manufacturing plant in the U.S. to receive a Silver LEED certification -- a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices -- by the U.S. Green Building Council. We initiated a Water Conservation Team at the beginning of the year, updating our operations and significantly reducing water used in production, which is putting the plant on track to save over one million gallons annually.
Many health professionals are encouraging Americans to drink more water, and most drink both tap and bottled. For people who choose bottled water, it offers a healthy hydration option that uses less water and other resources in production than other bottled beverages, such as soda, beer and juice. Additionally, bottled water plays a crucial role in times when tap water is not an option. Tap water can become unavailable or undrinkable, for example during hurricanes, floods, fires, or a multitude of other causes such as major infrastructure failure. In those situations, Nestlé Waters North America is often one of the first companies to provide donated bottled water so people have safe clean water to drink and use for everyday needs.
Nestlé Waters North America remains unequivocally committed to meeting high standards for water resource management and environmental sustainability.
More information about Nestlé Waters North America's water use is available here: http://www.nestle-watersna.com/sites/g/files/pydnoa606/files/content/documents/pdfs/nwna_water_and_how_we_use_it.pdf