Drinking Water

As soon as I found out that I would have the opportunity to interview Michael Washburn, the new Sustainability Director of Nestlé Waters, I decided to make that the centerpiece of a new series on The Future of Drinking Water, featuring a number of interviews and guest contributors. Because this issue of clean, safe potable water for everyone is so important, so confusing, and often so passionately argued, particularly around the question of bottled water, it seemed like a great time to take a carefully considered look at the issue from a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) perspective. I think if we peel apart the issue and some of the feelings associated with it apart, we will find a number of issues: ecological, political, social, economic, medical and psychological all mixed in with what is often portrayed as an environmental question.

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Are Beverage Companies Doing Enough? A Challenge To Do A Drop More

A considerable portion of this series has been devoted to discussions with and about the beverage industry and their efforts to become more…
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Water For People: Innovative Solutions for Global Water Scarcity

By Ned Breslin Millions of dollars are wasted every year on thousands of water projects around the world that break, become abandoned and…
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The Upcoming Avoidable Water Crisis

As our series on the future of drinking water begins to wind down, I wanted to be sure to include some other perspectives…
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Intelligent Use of Water: Is Australia’s Model the One to Follow?

Naomi Klein, in her book, The Shock Doctrine, makes the point that it is far easier to get big things done in the…
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Dow Water and Process Interview: Part 2

Interview with Snehal Desai, Global Marketing Director for Dow Water and Process Solutions – Continued from Part 1. 3P: Are any your systems…

Interview with Dow Water and Process: Industry’s Role in Water Conservation: Part 1

I was fortunate to be able to speak with Snehal Desai this week as part of our series on our Future of Drinking…
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World Water Day: A Great Time to Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge

Yesterday, was World Water Day, the UN’s commemoration of our most precious resource. This year’s focus was on Water for Cities. I spent…

World Water Day and the Solutions for California’s Water Crisis

By Thomas S. Rooney, Jr., president and CEO of Energy Recovery Inc If you are like most readers of this website, there is…
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Evian Shrinks its Bottle and its Footprint

One thing I’ve learned while putting together this series on the future of drinking water  is this: it’s a lot easier to get…
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Providing Three Million People with Access to Safe Water by 2015

By Dan Bena, Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo Fifteen seconds. That’s how often a child dies from a water-related illness.  Think of how…
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How Close Are We to Peak Water?

In our series so far, we have heard mostly from people in the bottled beverage business, talking about opportunities to become more sustainable…

Making Sustainable Water Use Operational at Anheuser Busch InBev

by Hugh Share A year on from the announcement of our global environmental goals, Anheuser-Busch InBev is on track to achieve a global…

Interview with Nestlé Waters’ New Sustainability Director: Part 3

This is a final installment of the Triple Pundit interview with Michael Washburn, newly appointed Director of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters North America.…
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Interview with Nestlé Waters’ New Sustainability Director: Part 2

This is a continuation of the interview in three parts with Michael Washburn, newly appointed Director of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters North America.…
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Interview with Nestlé Waters’ New Sustainability Director: Part 1

I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Washburn, who just recently hired on with Nestlé Waters as director of sustainability. Prior to…