Conserving the world's most precious asset: Water
PepsiCo India has pioneered several major initiatives to replenish water in communities. Our goal is to conserve, replenish and thus offset the water used in our manufacturing process through community water recharge projects and water conservation projects in agriculture.
Positive water balance
In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. The company has been Water Positive since then.
PepsiCo's community water initiatives:
PepsiCo Community Check–Dam Project Paithan, Aurangabad
PepsiCo conducted a water resource assessment study near its Aurangabad plant. In partnership with a civil society organization, Alternative Development initiatives (ADI), PepsiCo selected the village, Wahegaon, as well as Mudhalwadi, Rahatgaon and Esarwadi, as the core areas to implement its interventions to replenish ground water. PepsiCo India facilitated construction of 13 check-dams and recharged 100 wells.Impact
The project created the potential to recharge around 2 billion litres of water. It benefits nearly 12,000 community members through improved access to water, additional crops, increase in yield of rain-fed crops and the opportunity for a second cultivation cycle during the Rabi season due to improved availability of water. Water levels have visibly risen after implementation; old dry wells now have water and farmers’ incomes have improved by Rs. 20,000/acre. PepsiCo has also provided safe drinking water to Nagnath Vidyalaya, Wahegaon, by laying an underground pipeline, an overhead tank and taps. Village community’s capacities are being continuously built around diverse livelihoods issues creating sustainable livelihoods environment in the area.
Replenishing Water Through Community Water Harvesting Project, Neelamangala
In Neelamangala, Bangalore Rural, PepsiCo has partnered with Alternative Development Initiatives (ADI) to protect and replenish water resources through the creation of water harvesting structures by introducing artificial recharge systems within water bodies. The water project at Neelamangala focuses on the creation of water harvesting structures in three villages—Thorecamphalli, Hosur and Tonchinkuppe, and also the installation of a roof-top rainwater harvesting in the T. Begur village. The goal of the project is to improve access to water resources in the community, regenerating aquifers and increase the production of crops and create livelihoods in the area.
The project has created the potential to recharge 1.5 billion litres of water per year. This benefits 4000 people through improved access of water resources within the community through recharging ground water. SHGs are formed and in-house and on-job trainings are been provided. SHGs are being facilitated to establish collaborative linkages with banks in order to leverage credit for initiating various livelihood activities.
Water Harvesting Project, Panipat
PepsiCo in partnership with Alternative Development Initiatives (ADI) successfully completed its community water initiatives in Panipat. The project focuses on the rejuvenation of water recharge structures aimed to improve the water availability for the neighboring community. PepsiCo has rejuvenated ponds (water harvesting structures) with an induced recharge system that will enhance ground water recharge Babarpur, and Gudha, with the potential to recharge around 175 million litres of water. Farmers in the villages are being continuously provided trainings on improved technological systems, water management practices and crop diversification.
The project benefits nearly 10,000 people in and around Panipat. PepsiCo has also introduced in one pond the sustainable ‘duckweed system’ to treat village wastewater and use it for pisciculture and irrigation.
Sangareddy - Rejuvenation of tanks and other related initiatives
We in partnership with Alternative Development initiatives (ADI) implemented a water resources management initiative focused at rejuvenation of local tanks locally known as Cheruvus to replenish ground water and manage surface water resources in 3 villages - Cheriyal, Kashipur and Kotlapur to improve water recharging and directly improve quality and quantity of water availability in this area. Agriculture is the mainstay economy of these villages and this initiative is focused at enabling the community to enhance their livelihoods through better use of land and water resources.
The initiative has created the potential to benefit 7,000 community members and has the potential to recharge over 750 million litres of water. Farmers and women groups are benefitting from continuous capacity building on locally based livelihood activities.
Mamandur - Rejuvenation of ponds
PepsiCo in partnership with Alternative Development Initiatives (ADI) facilitated its community water initiatives around its Mamandur plant in Tamil Nadu. The objective is to initiate activities for water resource development in order to replenish ground water in these villages. Four ponds in Mamandur, Sirupinayur and Pullipakkam villages of Kancheepuram district were rejuvenated.
The initiative is benefitting around 6,000 community members and has the potential to recharge around 160 million litres of water. Farm and non-farm based trainings are been provided to farmers, youth and women.