To promote responsible water stewardship and sustainability, the bottled water industry has released a water-use best practices guidance document. The purpose of the report is to help ensure that the producers of bottled water continue their successful efforts to be good stewards of the environment, the International Bottled Water Association （IBWA）， Alexandria, Va., announced.
“For years, bottled water manufacturers have implemented rigorous water stewardship practices in order to protect, maintain and preserve their water resources,” said Joe Doss, IBWA president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “The bottler members of IBWA have now shared their best practices with us, and this document provides a comprehensive framework for water stewardship for the bottled water industry.”
The IBWA Best Practices framework Guidance document was produced by Antea Group （an independent third-party consultant） based on a water stewardship and best practices survey, key points from the Ceres Aqua Gauge framework, and common best practice examples from beverage industry experts. Antea Group collected data from 86 IBWA member plants representing 31 companies that account for approximately 70 percent of the annual bottled water produced in the United States, by volume, Doss said.