Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
In 1999, Nestlé India conducted surveys in the village communities around its factory in Moga, which highlighted the lack of clean drinking water as a major concern for the community.
Nestlé then initiated projects to provide clean drinking water facilities in village schools and to create awareness in the community about water issues, involving students in improving the water situation.
After identifying schools where the village community is able to take joint ownership, Nestlé India invests in drilling deep bore wells and constructing water tanks that store the clean water, allowing regular access to clean drinking water.
The project also includes an education component that teaches students about the importance of clean water, the need for water conservation and the link between clean water, hygiene, health and wellness.
According to the headmaster of the government high school in Aaliwal village, the availability of clean drinking water has noticeably improved school attendance as students fall sick less frequently.
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Now our children come home and explain to us how to make proper use of water, for example while brushing teeth one should use a cup of water rather than letting water taps flow freely. This will lead to proper water management in the village community. Sukhminder Singh, Farmer, Bhoondri – State of Punjab
As of today, Nestlé builds these water facilities in communities across its factory locations where drinking water is scarce and has built 169 drinking water facilities, benefitting over 73,000 school children.
In June 2005, Nestlé India’s factory in Punjab was awarded the Punjab Government’s award for “Environmental Excellence” in recognition of its efforts, amongst others, in the construction of these clean drinking water facilities.
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