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Nestlé Waters NA helping American Red Cross deal with wildfires in Northern California

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STAMFORD, Conn. — For the third time in four years, Nestlé Waters North America has turned over the keys to its former bottling facility in Calistoga, Calif. to the American Red Cross to use as a staging area to help Northern California communities facing wildfires.

“The American Red Cross has a critical need for temporary warehouse space to provide support for victims of the Northern California wildfires,” said Joe Lund, director of operations for American Red Cross in Northern California. “In 2015 and then again in 2016, Nestlé Waters North America graciously offered the use of their former bottling plant as a temporary disaster supply center. Allowing the American Red Cross to use the facility again this year for the current fires is giving our response a huge boost.”

“We are committed to being good neighbors in the communities in which we live and work,” said Tara Carraro, chief corporate affairs officer, Nestlé Waters North America. “We understand how critical it is to have access to safe, clean drinking water, especially during times of emergency, and we know the important role that first responders and relief organizations play in getting these resources to communities where and when they’re needed. That’s why we’re proud to support the amazing work of the American Red Cross.”

In addition to opening the doors of the former Calistoga bottling facility to the American Red Cross, Nestlé Waters has been actively responding to requests for water donations from first responders and communities in Northern California that have been impacted by wildfires, including sovereign tribal nations. In the month of August, the company delivered nearly 250,000 bottles of water to ensure that those impacted by the recent wildfires have access to clean drinking water during the recovery process.

Nestlé Waters North America also offers the following natural disaster preparedness tips:

  • Bottled water should be stored in a cool (i.e., room temperature), dry environment away from sources of odor, such as household cleaning products, solvents such as gasoline, paint thinners and other toxic or odorous materials, and away from direct sunlight. A partially consumed bottle should be capped when not being consumed.
  • Bottled water can be used indefinitely if stored properly, but Nestlé Waters recommends no more than two years for non-carbonated water, and one year for sparkling water.
  • Nestlé Waters’ three- and five-gallon bottles are intended to be used for water only. For safety reasons, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene and other toxic substances should never be placed into our water bottles.
  • All Nestlé Waters bottles are recyclable. Recycling empty bottles after drinking the water is critically important to keep plastic out of our waterways and landfill.

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