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Buxton water site maintains platinum status for its caring for water approach

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Nestlé Waters’ Buxton site, which bottles Buxton natural mineral water and Nestlé Pure Life spring water, has once again demonstrated its commitment to excellence by maintaining its prestigious platinum status under the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Standard (AWS).

This accomplishment recognises the facility's exceptional dedication to responsible water management and collaboration, as well as its strong engagement with the local community.

The AWS Standard is an internationally recognised accreditation that assesses responsible water stewardship across various criteria including social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspects. Nestlé is a founding member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship collaboration and has committed to certifying all Nestlé Waters sites by the end of 2025.

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Platinum status

The bottling site in Buxton first achieved platinum status in March 2021, becoming the first site in the UK to be certified at the highest level available. In 2024, after a rigorous audit process, the platinum status was awarded once again. Maintaining the platinum rating underscores the Buxton facility's outstanding commitment to managing water responsibly not only today, but for future generations to come.

We are incredibly proud to have achieved recertification of our Buxton site at platinum status. This really demonstrates how committed we are and that caring for water sits at the heart of everything we do. Our project partnerships on the River Ecclesbourne and Combs Moss peatland restoration were commended, as these are designed to go further and help regenerate the local water cycles and address long-term shared challenges in the local area.

Recertification recognises the continued efforts our team have made in the last three years to ensure sustainable water stewardship, so natural water resources are protected for everyone. We know how important it is that we protect the natural landscape which gives our water its unique taste and characteristics and it is our responsibility to help preserve the land in this beautiful part of the world.

Buxton was the first brand in the UK whose production site was certified to the AWS standard at the platinum level. Its recertification serves as a model to other companies in the industry, recognising that good water stewards seek continual improvement and commit to ongoing action in response to the ever-evolving nature of the local water context.

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The power of partnership

Maintaining a platinum rating reflects the Buxton facility's outstanding commitment to managing water responsibly. This achievement is the result of the collaborative efforts of Nestlé Waters and a range of long-term partners who have worked together to push water stewardship performance to higher levels.

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Wildlife and volunteering

Nestlé Waters are 5 years into a long-term partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust who manage approximately 190 acres of land around its water sources. Through expert guidance and management, the sites are being protected and regenerated, allowing wildlife to thrive, providing homes for common and rare species of birds, mammals and plants whilst also creating volunteering opportunities for local communities to get involved and learn new skills. Last year, 420 trees and native shrubs were planted, dry stone walls repaired, heritage walks hosted and species on site monitored.

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Regenerating local water cycles

Nestlé Waters are also supporting project partnerships focused on regenerating local water cycles. This is to help watersheds capture more water than is used in bottling operations and create a positive water impact in local catchment areas by the end of 2025. One of these projects, led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in collaboration with Nestlé Waters, the Wild Trout Trust and Chatsworth Estate, is aimed at restoring the natural habitat of the River Ecclesbourne. The river was successfully rerouted back to its original channel, bypassing a weir and effectively opening over 28km of river for fish migration.

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Restoration work

Another project, led by Moors for The Future Partnership and supported by Nestlé Waters, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent and the Harris & Sheldon Group, focuses on Combs Moss peatland restoration. The restoration work includes blocking of erosion gullies and planting sphagnum moss which will help promote biodiversity, capture carbon and slow down the flow of water from the moor, helping to reduce the risk of flooding downstream.

You can learn more about the Combs Moss restoration project, and the River Ecclesbourne and Nestlé Waters partnership with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust here.