Hi Becky, thanks for your interest in the benchmarking study. I do need to correct on an important point; the parameters of this study were specific to water used within the walls of the plant. This approach was chosen so that the water use ratio would be directly comparable to other beverage industry data.

    Your comments regarding other water used as part of an extended supply chain are misleading, as the study’s parameters are clearly stated in the executive report. Nothing was “left out” or ignored, as you state.

    Nonetheless, based on what we have seen from our previous
    Life Cycle Inventory analysis study, we have reason to believe that even if one were to conduct an exhaustive analysis of the full water input chain involved in producing a finished liter of bottled water, the fact remains that bottledwater uses the least amount of water when compared to all other packaged beverages.