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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.