Mai Dubai partners packaging equipment supplier Sidel to launch AOA’s fastest bottled water production line

UAE – Mai Dubai, the bottled water company fully owned by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has made a landmark milestone with the launch of the fastest bottled water production line in Asia, Oceania, and Africa (AOA) region.  The uber-fast water line was completed in collaboration with Sidel, a leading provider of equipment and services solutions for packaging beverage, food, home, and personal care products in PET, can and glass.  It leverages Sidel’s state-of-the-art ‘Super Combi’ technology to produce a maximum output of 86,000 bottles per hour.  “The maximum output achieved…

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AfDB unveil initiative to secure climate-resilient water and sanitation services in 5 drought-prone countries

AFRICA – The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund and the Government of Denmark are seeking to roll-out a program to strengthen access to climate-resilient water and sanitation resources in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Somalia. The new initiative is set to enhance the sustainability of water systems through the construction or upgrade of existing infrastructure. Under the program, the partners will support feasibility studies to prepare bankable projects that contribute to increased financing for water, sanitation and hygiene services, improving human health, child education…

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AQUAtap Oasis Partnership SARL collaborates with Orange DRC to pioneer digital distribution of clean water

DRC – AQUAtap Oasis Partnership SARL, a joint venture between Canadian Quest Water Global and Kalo Products SARL based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has partnered with telecommunication company, Orange DRC to foster an easier and reliable mode for the citizens to access clean water. Quest Water Global, is an innovative water technology company and developer of the fully automated, solar-powered AQUAtap water purification, desalination, and distribution technology. Under the partnership, Orange DRC will enhance AQUAtap Oasis’ ability to serve the DRC population in securing access to clean…

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World Bank, ATI, other private financiers support Angola’s BITA Water Supply Project

ANGOLA – The government of Angola has secured a guaranteed financing package from World Bank for implementation of the BITA project, aimed to develop water supply infrastructure to supply urban and peri-urban belts of Luanda to ease the current supply problems and meet the increasing demand. The World Bank’s partially guaranteed facility, is a syndicated loan among 5 Lenders i.e., Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. With the project, valued at US$1.09 billion, the lenders provided up to USD910 million to the Republic of Angola,…

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa strives to attain Coca-Cola system’s 2030 water security goal

AFRICA – Africa’s biggest Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) is forging ahead with implementation of its 2030 Water Stewardship Strategy. The company has been laying the foundation to implement the Coca-Cola system’s 2030 Water Stewardship Strategy, which focuses on sustainable, efficient water usage, improving local water challenges and partnering with others to improve watershed health and enhance community water resilience, focusing on women and girls. “We have a global Coca-Cola system framework with goals for operations, watershed health and communities, based on in-depth risk assessment. That determines our targets,”…

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Tata Consumer Products launches Himalayan water in UK as Danone debuts enhanced sparkling water line

UK – Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) is taking its Himalayan premium water brand to the British market as part of s strategy to cross leverage its brands across markets and maximize brand potential.  According to a statement from the company, the Himalayan Water will initially be available online only and distribution will be expanded gradually.    Himalayan Water in the UK is carbon negative and water positive and uses fully recyclable packaging, said TCPL adding its bottling facility in the Shivalik Range in the Himalayan mountains uses 100 per…

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PepsiCo targets to replenish more water than it uses as part of goal to be “net water positive” by 2030

USA – American-based multinational food and beverage company PepsiCo has made a pledge to become “net water positive” by 2030.  To achieve this goal, the maker of Pepsi and Mountain Dew soda brands aims to replenish more water than it uses in its operations.   PepsiCo says it will employ “best-in-class water-use efficiency standards” covering more than 1,000 company-owned and third-party facilities.   It is hoped the program will enable the company to reduce water usage by 11 billion liters per year – a 50% reduction in the water currently at PepsiCo’s sites.   PepsiCo also hopes to…

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Coca-Cola quenches thirst of South African communities facing water shortages by availing alternative source

SOUTH AFRICA – In a bid to offer relief to South Africa’s water problems, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has partnered with disaster response non-governmental organisation (NGO), Gift of the Givers, to avail a 34 500-litre water tanker to serve members of the affected communities. The water tanker will be used to distribute water to areas affected by severe water shortages in Makhanda, commonly known as Grahamstown, which is part of the Makana Municipality in the Eastern Cape. To ensure the project is undertaken in an efficient manner, the soft…

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Jorge Mesquita to steer Blue Triton Brands into future as an independent water business

US – BlueTriton Brands, the former US and Canadian operations of Nestle Waters, has appointed Jorge Mesquita as the new chief executive officer.   Mr. Mesquita, a trained chemical engineer, joins BlueTriton from Johnson & Johnson, where he was executive vice president and worldwide chairman of the company’s consumer division.   Before that he spent nearly 30 years at The Procter & Gamble Co., where he held several leadership roles, including group president of global fabric care and president of global home care.  In his new role, Mr. Mesquita will lead the company’s growth and innovation initiatives…

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EIB strengthens its support to Morocco to optimize supply, distribution of drinking water

MOROCCO – Morocco’s National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a new agreement worth €37.5 million (US$48.9m). The foreign investment aims to rehabilitate and improve Morocco’s drinking water supply production sites along with distribution infrastructures across the kingdom. The planned investments will ensure the reliability of the drinking water supply and improve the living conditions of the population, mainly in rural areas. It will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing water losses in the country’s distribution networks, while strengthening…

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