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Beverage giant calls for Latin America to tackle water sustainability issues

Multi-million dollar drinks companies are depleting water sources in Nejapa, El Slavador.
Multi-million dollar drinks companies are depleting water sources in Nejapa, El Slavador. Image by Steven Depolo / CC BY 2.0

The president of SABMiller’s Latin America division has called for governments, NGOs, community groups and large corporations to work together to tackle water scarcity and improve sustainable water resources in the region. The call to action is a response to protests in El Salvador’s Nejapa region, where locals claim they struggle to find clean water, while multi-million dollar drinks companies have set up factories using the area’s water resources. SABMiller’s Karl Lippert said there needed to be cooperation to build proper infrastructure, sewerage systems and admitted that water resources needed to be better regulated.

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