Project WET activities inspire pilot water conservation action program in five countries

Children take part in a Nestle Waters TOGETHER 4 WATER festival event activityChildren learn about the importance of watershed stewardship during a T4W festival event World Water Day 2016 marks the beginning of a new kind of collaboration between the Project WET Foundation and our longtime sponsor Nestlé Waters. On March 22nd—an international observance designated by the United Nations as an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference—Nestlé Waters employees and local children and youth from plant communities in five pilot countries will launch year-long water conservation action projects. The projects represent a new phase in the TOGETHER 4 WATER (T4W) festival events that Nestlé Waters and Project WET have worked together on since 2010.

Featuring fun, hands-on teaching activities developed by Project WET to teach about the water cycle, water conservation and watershed protection, T4W festivals educate children from communities near Nestlé Waters plant locations. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 employees and nearly 25,000 children from 30 countries participated in T4W festival events.

Children take part in a Nestle Waters TOGETHER 4 WATER festival eventChildren learn about recycling at a T4W festival event The expansion of the T4W program will give children in Argentina, France, Greece, Italy and Egypt the chance to put what they have learned about water into action. With the help of Nestlé Waters employee volunteers, children will design and implement their own water conservation projects. They will also report on their year-long experience through video diaries.

“Water is a precious resource that is shared among many stakeholders,” said Antoine Salles, director of public affairs at Nestlé Waters Management and Technology in Paris.  “Nestlé Waters is committed to being a good steward of the water resources it shares, by both ensuring its operations are efficient and proactively collaborating with others on initiatives like TOGETHER 4 WATER that preserve water resources over the long term.”

“Our hands-on educational activities are designed to empower and inspire people around the world to take action to improve water resources in their community,” said Project WET Senior Vice President John Etgen. “We are excited to see the local action projects inspired by this new phase of T4W.”

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