Nestlé Waters aims to provide clean, fresh water in a timely manner, with the safety of our associates and the community as our top priority. As of Monday, September 17, all of our South Carolina associates are safe and accounted for. We have re-opened our facility in Chesterfield County, SC, following a thorough inspection that determined that no significant damage was sustained and that roads to and from the facility are accessible. We have re-started production and are working to provide our retail customers with the product they need, when and where they need it.
South Carolina has seen an increase in flooding in areas of Chesterfield County, within 30 miles from the Nestlé Waters facility. We are continuing to coordinate with relief partners, including Feeding America, Convoy of Hope, Americares and others to provide relief resources, including bottled water, to help meet the needs of those impacted by the storm.
As of today, we have donated approximately 850,000 bottles of water to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. That includes our September 11 donation of approximately 38,000 bottles (952 cases) of Nestlé® Pure Life® to Harvest Hope Food Bank, the leading food bank for disaster response in South Carolina. These pallets of water were stationed at disaster response areas in northeast South Carolina, the hardest hit area of the state, including:
- Lake City, Florence County – A regional first responders command center at Lake City United Methodist Church; Salvation Army was on site to serve the location
- Dillon County – First responders & disaster response command center
These are some additional tips consumers should take into consideration as they prepare for a hurricane or other emergency:
- Bottled water should be stored in a cool (i.e. room temperature), dry environment away from sources of odor, such as household cleaning products, solvents such as gasoline, paint thinners and other toxic or odorous materials, and away from direct sunlight. A partially consumed bottle should be capped when not being consumed.
- Bottled water can be used indefinitely if stored properly, but Nestlé Waters recommends no more than two years for non-carbonated water, and one year for sparkling water.
- Pricing for consumer retail sales of bottled water is set by retailers. While some retailers may charge slightly more to compensate for their increased costs, Nestlé Waters is strongly opposed to retailers who engage in "price gouging" during these times of high demand and need. Price gouging should be reported to state attorneys general.
- Nestlé Waters' three- and five-gallon bottles are intended to be used for water only. For safety reasons, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene and other toxic substances should never be placed into our water bottles.
- All Nestlé Waters bottles are recyclable. Recycling empty bottles after drinking the water is critically important to keep plastic out of our waterways and landfill, and we encourage people to prioritize recycling! Click for more info from our partner How2Recycle.