New water bottling company in Ethiopia joins the burgeoning Industry

ETHIOPIA – Kefeta Spring Water, a new water bottling company in Ethiopia has joined the competitive industry with an investment of 62 million Br (US$1.9m) and partial financing from The Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE). […]

Nestlé divests its water business in Ethiopia under global water business restructuring

ETHIOPIA – Nestlé Water Ethiopia, a wing of the Swiss multinational company, has sold back all its 51% share in Great Abyssinia Spring Waters after three years of partnership, exiting the water business in Ethiopia. […]

Kenya builds first solar-powered farm that turns ocean water drinkable

KENYA – Give Power, a non-governmental organization, has built Kenya’s first solar-powered farm that turns ocean water into potable water. The project developers said the development aims to reduce problems related to access to clean […]

Cott Corporation to rebrand following acquisition of US$775m-valued Primo Water

CANADA – Cott Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Primo Water Corporation in a deal that will see Cott rebrand its corporate name to Primo Water Corporation. According to Cott, the transaction, which […]

Nestlé Waters North America expands its ReadyRefresh beverage portfolio

USA – Nestlé Waters North America is expanding its beverage portfolio under the ReadyRefresh brand to offer customers coconut water, fiber-infused water, nitro cold brew coffee and energy drinks. While the ReadyRefresh recently introduced Vita […]

Ethiopian government to review the new excise tax rate on bottled water

ETHIOPIA – The Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia is reviewing the new excise tax rate imposed on bottled water following strong resistance from water bottlers. Through their association, water bottlers strongly opposed the 15pc excise […]

Tulip Addis Water set to introduce simple water filters into the Ethiopian Market

ETHIOPIA – Tulip Addis Water, a local manufacturer that specialises in water treatment technology, invested 60 million Br (US$1.89m) to set up a tabletop water filter company in Debre Birhan, Amhara Regional State, reports Addis […]

African Development Bank approves US$124.2 million loan for water sector reforms in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank have approved a US$124.2 million loan to finance the Urban Water Sector Reform and Akure Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Nigeria to address […]

Aqua Air launches Africa’s first atmospheric water generating plant

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa based water technology company, Aqua Air has launched Africa’s first atmospheric water generating plant in Pretoria aimed at tackling the critical scarcity of potable water in South Africa. The plant, […]