Everyone has a right to access safe and clean water. But climate change, increased water consumption, growing urbanization and damaged infrastructure are some of the factors contributing to the deterioration of the natural water cycle.
So, at Nestlé Waters we teamed up with local partners in Benha, Egypt, to rehabilitate and help improve the local water supply together with the authorities. This is just one of the many projects we’re working on as part of our journey to regeneration.
We've committed to advance the regeneration of local water cycles through the implementation of more than 100 projects for our 48 Nestlé Waters sites by 2025. This recent initiative builds on our 2017 commitment to certify all of our Nestlé Waters' sites by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) by 2025.
To achieve our target, we work in close collaboration with partners and communities wherever we operate. Collaboration is at the heart of good water stewardship. Through partnerships and support we can help make a difference and inspire regenerative water approaches.
Helping improve water quality
Benha, Egypt is home to one of our bottling facilities. It's also home to the local community of Kafr Arbeen. This village of 27,000 people was lacking much-needed access to clean water. So, together with local municipalities we worked to help address the issue.
One of the challenges in the area was the lack of reliable safe and clean drinking water. So, we worked together with the local water authority to revamp their water station which supplies the water to the village's residents via its piping network. We replaced the old water storage tank with a new bigger one and improved the pumping efficiency of the existing well. On top of this, we installed a new filtration system and expanded the piping network so that more people can have clean running water in their homes.
Fixing local infrastructure
We also looked at the rehabilitation of the Senaity canal. Kafr Arbeen is surrounded by a vast amount of agricultural land; however, the main source of water for the land wasn't meeting the needs of the local community. The canal was polluted with waste, and the broken walls were leading to water leakages. We started by cleaning the waste, and then we worked to reinforce the canal floor and walls with concrete to prevent the water from leaking and improve the flow of water to the agricultural land.
This led to better crop health and yield, meaning more profits for the farmers and a better outcome for the local community.
Everyone deserves access to clean and safe water, so with our local partners in Egypt, we continue to work to help uphold these standards.
This is just one of the many projects we're working on as part of our new commitment to help create a positive water impact everywhere our waters business operates by 2025.