Water Is Life


From the time we wake up in the morning until the time we go to sleep, water is a precious – yet oftentimes overlooked - part of our everyday routines. From providing us with hydration to helping us maintain a cleaner, healthier world, water truly is a life-sustaining resource. 

At Coca-Cola, we are intensely focused on water stewardship, with an aim to maintain a truly water-sustainable business on a global scale. As the largest non-alcoholic beverage producer in the world, The Coca-Cola Company, along with our bottling partners, uses water as the main ingredient in every product we make. 

Water is also of course critical to the health and economic prosperity of the communities we serve. And if the communities we serve are not sustainable, then we don’t have a sustainable business. With this in mind, we are proud to be playing a role in the protection of this essential resource here in the Philippines. We focus our water stewardship efforts in three areas: 

1) Reducing our water use ratio by improving our water efficiency. In the Philippines we have already improved our water efficiency by 20% against a 2004 baseline and we’re working to improve our water efficiency by a further 30% between now and the end of 2013. 

2) Recycling the water used in our manufacturing processes and returning it back to the environment at a level that supports aquatic life through comprehensive wastewater treatment. 

3) Replenishing the water used in our finished beverages by participating in locally relevant projects that help to expand community water access and protect and conserve critical local watersheds. 

Working with local communities and our NGO partners, we are working to measurably conserve the Abuan watershed in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park in Ilagan, Isabela and the Santa Rosa River Basin in partnership with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF); the Marikina-Sapinit watershed within Metro Manila in partnership with the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation; the Caliraya Watershed through the establishment of a native tree nursery in Lumban, Laguna; the Butuanon Watershed in Mandaue City, Cebu through the Soil & Water Conservation Foundation, and the Talomo-Lipadas watershed in Davao. 

Our community water access programs have provided sources of clean water for over 2,275 households and 15,000 students through rainwater harvesting systems in Pavia, Iloilo; San, Jose, Romblon; Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol, Pangapuyan Island, Zamboanga, Kapangan, Benguet; Mandaue City, Cebu, as well as in 20 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

With each of the programs mentioned above, we have also implemented water resource education projects to inspire greater environmental awareness. 

Through programs such as this, we’re aspiring to fully replenish the water we use in our finished beverages in support of our global goal of safely returning to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to what we use in all our beverages and their production by 2020. 

We know we are not alone in wanting to conserve water for generations to come. So today, on the occasion of World Water Day, let’s all think about the steps we can take – at home, at work and in our communities – to protect this precious resource that we all share. By working together and taking immediate action we can make a lasting difference.

(contributed by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines)