Primo Water Corporation

Water Stewardship

We seek to source all of our bottled waters responsibly. Our water sources are carefully selected and closely monitored to ensure consistent quality and sustainable yield, and we align our company with brands that do the same.

      • OUR GOAL

Elevating our water stewardship practices through compliance by the end of 2022 with the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s international standards for all of our key owned spring water sources.

In 2019, we joined the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), a multi-stakeholder international organization dedicated to enhancing water stewardship capacity and guiding, incentivizing and differentiating responsible water use. We are in the process of certifying our owned spring water sources in line with the AWS global benchmarks for responsible water stewardship. The comprehensive AWS certification process is verified by a third-party audit, demonstrating that responsible water procedures and continual improvements are being followed.

 

 

Our certification and water stewardship initiatives in North America are managed by a full-time hydrogeologist, responsible for effectively managing our spring water sources. Already, work is underway to certify our Pennsylvania spring source and our Florida spring source. We intend to begin the certification process for our Georgia and Arkansas spring water sources next year. Our goal is to have all of our key owned spring water sources certified by the AWS by the end of 2022.

We are members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)

As a member of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), our U.S.-based bottling plants meet IBWA’S strict Bottled Water Code of Practice and its standards of operation.

 

This includes:

  • adherence to the organization’s water reduction efficiency standards; and
  • careful selection of our water sources which are closely monitored to ensure consistent quality and sustainable yield.

 

We are also members of Watercoolers Europe (WE)

Our European division, Eden Springs, is a member of Watercoolers Europe (WE).

 

Its membership includes national associations comprised of bottlers and distributors of both bottled and plumbed-in watercoolers and companies supplying the industry with products and services. At present, WE comprises over 300 companies and promotes the exchange of technical, scientific and regulatory information. WE assists in areas such as guidelines for good hygienic practices and proper sanitation procedures for the benefit of consumer protection and ethical practices in the industry.

 

Our industry does its part to protect and preserve water resources. Research shows that the bottled water industry is a minimal user of water, and bottled water production accounts for just 0.01% of all water used in the United States.* To put it in perspective, total U.S. bottled water consumption is about 19 billion gallons of water per year, which is the amount of tap water New York City uses in about 2.5 weeks.

In addition, the 2018’s IBWA’s Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study – of which we were part of – showed that bottled water has the lowest water footprint of all packaged drinks. In North America, bottled water uses only 1.39 liters of water to produce a 1-liter product.

 

*IBWA Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study, 2018.

Locally sourced, locally distributed, locally produced. This is our rallying cry when it comes to our spring sources and proximity to our bottling plants. Overall, when considering a spring source, we try to get as close as possible to a bottling plant to reduce the miles driven to and from the spring source.