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Supporting access to safe water for communities

African person carrying water above head


We are committed to promoting the rights to water and sanitation.

As a global business, we use our scale to help more people around the world gain access to clean, drinkable water and to sanitation facilities. We've worked with local organizations and partners to increase access to proper water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for 1.4 million people in our communities, to make sure that everyone can meet their needs for clean, safe water.

Supporting WASH programs for local populations

Nestlé supports water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in schools and villages near its operations and in its supply chains around the world.

Establishing effective WASH initiatives in our local communities is crucial, and different communities have different priorities. To make sure our initiatives have the greatest possible impact, we have developed a Community Relations Process (CRP) tool to help us engage with local communities and provide WASH where it’s needed most.

Children filling up a water jug

Strengthening communities through water access

Helping improve water quality and infrastructure in Egypt

Benha, Egypt is home to one of our bottling facilities and a 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. 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.

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.

African women transporting water

WASH during COVID-19

Access to WASH during the COVID-19 pandemic in particular could mean the difference between life and death. Alongside International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Kenya Red Cross Society, and through the Africa WASH Coronavirus grant, Nestlé worked to support continued access to clean water and hygiene – establishing community water supplies and handwashing points to aid hygiene in public areas – in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal and South Africa.

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