Is Nestlé responsible for the lowering of groundwater levels in Pakistan?

Water resource studies confirm that Nestlé’s water bottling operations in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, have no discernible impact on groundwater levels.

In contrast to the thousands of wells operated by other water users in the region, our Sheikhupura factory operates only two wells under continuous monitoring. This monitoring ensures the potential of the aquifer is maintained. The vast majority of groundwater is used for agriculture purposes (>95%), often without any control.

We are fully committed to responsible water management and have put in place the Nestlé Commitment on Water Stewardship (pdf, 190 Kb) to guide our water stewardship efforts. We conduct scientifically validated field assessments to evaluate any potential impacts of our operations on the surrounding communities’ right to water and on the long-term availability of water resources.

We also work toward continuously improving our water use efficiency within our operations. We believe that local water challenges cannot be addressed by one actor alone and we welcome collaboration with other local stakeholders to improve water resource management.

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WATCH: Does Nestlé believe access to water is a human right? Yes, we do.

We unreservedly believe that access to water is a basic human right: all people have the right to clean water to meet their hydration and basic hygiene needs. This is reflected in our Corporate Business Principles and is also a focus area of Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and Meeting our Commitments.

As an example of this commitment, Nestlé Pakistan has built six water filtration facilities to provide clean drinking water, two of which benefit more than 10,000 people near our Sheikhupura factory.

Read more Read more in our dedicated section about water.

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