Reducing our water use around the world

Location: Global

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012

Reducing our water use around the world
REDUCING WATER WITHDRAWAL: Our total water withdrawal rate has improved over recent years as a result of extensive efforts by Nestlé engineers, environmental professionals and our employees to reduce water consumption in our operations.

For many years, a systematic approach to water conservation has led to significant improvements in water efficiencies at Nestlé factories. Over 10 years to 2008, the company reduced its waste use per kilogramme of product by 49%. The Nestlé Waters business reduced the amount of additional water needed to produce 1 litre of bottled water to 0.76 litres, a fall of 26% since 1999. This amount is required at this stage to maintain necessary quality and safety levels.

In 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) formalised the need for “water efficiency” in its Plan for Implementation. The WSSD refers to both the efficiency with which water is used and the efficiency with which it is produced and provided. Nestlé’s results reflect the intentions of the WSSD and every year Nestlé sets internal targets for all factories to further improve and build on these achievements.

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