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Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Coca-Cola North America President Sandy Douglas announced that their partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national forests achieved a milestone of an estimated 1 billion liters restored, and that the partnership intends to double that outcome through 2018. The 10 restoration areas are located on national forest land, which provides drinking water to more than 60 million Americans.
This public-private partnership includes community organizations and taps their collective expertise to address increasing stress on water resources during challenging budget times. Dozens of local communities and hundreds of volunteers and youth worked together on water resource management education and stewardship activities.
This replenishment work supports our company’s overall water goal to safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what is used in finished beverages and their production. Just last month, at World Water Week in Stockholm, we and our bottling partners announced that we along with all our external partners estimate that we have met our 2020 goal to replenish all the water we use back to communities and nature five years ahead of schedule. This makes Coca-Cola the first Fortune 500 Company to claim that it replenishes all the water it uses globally—a significant accomplishment with great responsibility.
water stewardship report, where you will find more information, including background on our water strategy, articles and a map highlighting replenish summaries.