Thursday, October 25, 2007

Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Contributes to Wildfire Relief Effort

GREENWICH, Conn. — Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water has donated 115,000 bottles of water to rescue workers who are currently fighting the Southern California wildfires, as well as to evacuees who are being housed at temporary shelters at Qualcomm Stadium and others throughout the region.

"All of us in Southern California are affected by this disaster and we're eager to pitch in and help with the relief efforts in whatever ways we can," said Ron Kane, Regional Logistics Manager for Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. "Access to safe, potable water is critical during disasters and we'll continue work with the American Red Cross, local response agencies and our retail partners to make sure everyone's needs are met during this challenging time."

Through its longstanding relationship with the American Red Cross, Arrowhead has provided 36,000 bottles of water to various Red Cross shelters. Additionally, Arrowhead has donated 36,000 bottles of water to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in coordination with stadium staff for people being temporarily housed there and another 36,000 bottles of water to the Forestry Service fire fighters in Lake Arrowhead and surrounding communities in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Other requests for bottled water from local fire departments, police departments, hospitals and others involved in relief efforts are being fulfilled either directly through Arrowhead, its retail partners or the military. In the last two days, Arrowhead has donated thousands of cases of bottled water to first responders fighting fires in San Diego, the San Bernardino Mountains, the San Fernando Valley and Orange County.

"Through our own donations and coordination with retail partners, we've already facilitated the movement of more than 3 million bottles of water for wildfire relief efforts," Kane noted.

Arrowhead and its parent company Nestle Waters North America frequently pitch in with bottled water donations when natural disasters strike. In 2006, Nestle Waters North America donated 1.2 million bottles of water to the Gulf Coast region in preparation for the hurricane season and to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the four 2004 Florida hurricanes, Nestle Waters provided millions of bottles of water and financial aid to Gulf Coast communities.

Arrowhead Brand Mountain Spring Water is a natural mountain spring water selectively sourced from multiple mountain spring sources in the United States and Canada. Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, which is available in the western region of the United States, including California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada, is distributed by Nestle Waters North America Inc., located in Greenwich, Conn.

We like to see companies lending their resources and support to communities in need. This donation not only helps to fill a critical need for those affected by the fires, but it also considers firefighters and rescue workers whose lives are on the line every day.

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