Clean water and sanitation in Central and West Africa, CSV in action

Mar 22, 2016

Mother-of-six Alice Nkuegue and her children (pictured) now have access to clean drinking water, after we installed a new water tap near their home at the Nestlé factory in Douala, Cameroon.


Alice is one of thousands of local people who now have access to free safe water, having previously walked about seven kilometres to fetch and buy potable water from a private source.


Clean drinking water brings numerous social, economic and health benefits. For example, safe supplies in Douala have significantly reduced the number of children who get sick from waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and typhoid. Easy access to clean drinking water also enables Alice to cook food safely for her family.


Millions of Africans across the region lack access to improved drinking water sources, and we’re working hard to improve this. Through our work with local partners and non-governmental organizations such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), we’ve helped provide more than 280,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire with access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities since 2007. Our partnership with the IFRC was extended to Ghana in 2015 with an objective of reaching 90,000 people in the country.


Water is a precious resource that belongs to everyone. As a company we focus on using it responsibly, and on encouraging others to do so. Read more about our water commitments.


#DidYouKnow: We provide about 20,000 litres of free clean water daily to communities around our operations in Central and West Africa. 


Sustainable Development Goal: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (Goal 6).

Djeuabou Leumassi Josué (pictured),


who is in charge of the water plant at Douala, Cameroon, ensures safe drinking water is made available to the local communities. This helps people like 20-year-old student Junior Nguegang focus on his education. As Junior no longer has to travel miles each day to fetch clean water, he is now able to plan when he can study because he knows when he can collect water at the factory.


Villagers in Serihio, Gagnoa in Côte d’Ivoire

now have access to clean drinking water, after we refurbished four water pumps in 2010 with the IFRC. Six years later, communities can still source safe drinking water as trained local villagers are helping to maintain the pumps. “These pumps are very important for our village as it guarantees our well-being,” said David Gbaka, president of the water pumps management committee.


Schoolchildren in Nigeria

are learning about the importance of proper hydration, thanks to Nestlé Waters’ partnership with the Project WET Foundation through hydration-teaching modules. In 2015, a total of 5,994 schoolchildren and 363 teachers in 115 schools in the states of Lagos and Osun benefited from the programme.