World Water Day Brings Pledges for Action from Pepsi, Nestle

World Water Day Brings Pledges for Action from Pepsi, Nestle

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Although Water Week has not garnered the same level of attention that Earth Day has, there are still some companies and environmental groups that are using the day to announce new water-related efforts or tout the achievements they've made.

PepsiCo has set a new goal to help 3 million people in developing countries receive access to safe water by 2015 and to work toward creating a positive water balance - saving or replenishing more water than it uses - in water-distressed areas. Since 2008, PepsiCo and the Pepsi Foundation have helped 400,000 people in regions undergoing droughts receive access to safe water by providing funds and support to other organizations. The company's goal is to provide safe water access to 1 million people by the end of 2010. PepsiCo is also aiming to reduce water consumption per unit of production worldwide by 20 percent by 2015.

Nestle Waters is continuing its partnership with nonprofit Project WET by providing water education kits to schools in the nine communities where Nestle Waters facilities have received LEED certification. The kits provide information on water resource management, hydration and health, and environmental stewardship.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Nalco, a water treatment and process company, have partnered to develop best practices for water protection and conservation. Nalco says it will help identify the needs of areas that are facing water scarcity, poor water quality and damage to freshwater habitats. The company will also provide financial support to the Global Water Roundtable, which is developing water stewardship standards for fair and sustainable freshwater management. Nalco will also provide technical support and analytical services to WWF fieldworkers focused on freshwater conservation.

Intel Corporation, whose semiconductor manufacturing requires large amounts of water, has created an official company water policy which commits Intel to respecting the human right to sufficient safe water, being transparent about water use and conservation efforts, preserving the quality of water in areas it operates and analyzing water use throughout all of its operations.

World Water Day has been celebrated on March 22 every year since 1993; there is also a World Water Week that takes place in September of each year. Last year's water week brought a slew of reports highlighting the precarious state of the world's water, and how industry must work to fix it.

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