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Category Archives: Water

New study claims presence of micro plastics in bottled water

A new study released on Thursday by Orb Media, a non-profit journalism organization working with scientists from the State University of New York in Fredonia claims that 93% of sampled global bottled water tested show ‘some sign of micro-plastic contamination’.

The study examined 259 bottles from nine countries and 11 brands produced by transnational companies including Aquafina (PepsiCo), Dasani (Coca-Cola), Evian (Danone), Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino (Nestle).

CWAY urges table water distributors to maintain proper hygiene

CWAY Nigeria Drinking Water Science & Technology Company Limited, has tasked its water distributors to constantly embrace proper hygiene within their premises.

The company noted that although government has set hygiene standards but operators of water depots should go above the sanitation standards set by the government.

SON convenes stakeholder’s meeting to review standards for beverages

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives.

Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated this at the Technical Committee meeting on water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks held in Abuja.

UACN to liquidate Warm Spring Waters Nigeria Limited

United Africa Company Nigeria Plc (“UACN Plc”), a diversified conglomerate and one of Nigeria’s oldest companies announced on Thursday that it will wind up the assets of one of its subsidiary businesses, Warm Spring Waters Nigeria Limited, makers of ‘Gossy’ Table Water based in Ikogosi, Ekiti State.

The company cites weak operational performance due to problems associated with the rural location of the plant at the source of the spring water, logistical challenges, 100% reliance on company-generated power and a difficult operating environment as reasons to shut the business.

Warm Springs Waters commenced business in 2002 in Ikogosi, Ekiti State, in partnership with the Ekiti State Government and some private investors to produce premium quality spring water under the ‘Gossy’ brand.

Coca-Cola Nigeria unveils 50cl Eva Twist Bottle

Coca-Cola Nigeria has announced the launch of a 50cl Eva Twist Bottled Water as it seeks to bolster its presence in the market.

The soft drinks maker noted that the new bottle uses 18% less plastic which is in furtherance of its commitment to secure a friendly environment as well as serving consumers better. All up till now, Coca-Cola Eva bottled water only came in 75cl plastic bottles.

Table water producers threaten to leave Lagos State over multiple levies

Producers of table water in Lagos State are threatening to leave the state en masse for neigbouring Ogun and Oyo states if Lagos does not take steps to harmonise its tax collection system.

“Our members are poised to relocate to Ogun and Oyo. We have 2,600 members, with each employing at least 20 workers,” Clementina Ativie, president, Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATAWAP), Lagos State chapter, said in Lagos.

FBRA urges sectoral partnership to advance industrial waste recycling

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has called on stakeholders in different industries to help set up sector specific alliances to assist with the recovery and recycling of waste items in their respective packaging streams.

According to FBRA, it will ensure the success of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy of the Federal Government.

No tariff increase on food items, luxury goods as earlier reported – FG

The Federal Ministry of Finance, on Friday, clarified that import duties on luxury goods and food items have not been raised, as was earlier reported.

In a statement issued by the Director of Information, Salisu Dambatta, the ministry said that contrary to some media reports that tariffs on such items have been raised, the government had no such plans at this critical period.

Dambatta further said that instead of increasing import duties, what the government did was to reduce most of the items based on the fiscal measures for 2016.

Sachet water producers’ balk at illegal fees

Producers of sachet water, also known as ‘Pure water’ in Lagos State are presently embroiled with the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC) over a newly introduced collection of all water related fees by the agency.

A spokesperson for the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) in the state accused the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Ahmed Abdullahi of allegedly diverting hundreds of millions of naira paid to the state into a private account owned by ‘Expanse Resources Consulting Limited’.

Nestle Nigeria marks 150 years Anniversary of company’s founding with factory tour

Nestle Nigeria Plc on Friday celebrated the 150th year anniversary of the company’s founding with a factory tour of its Agbara, Ogun State plant, with key stakeholders, in what the company described as “good nutrition”.

The tour which took place where the company manufactures Cerelac and Maggi Seasoning cubes gave Nestle an opportunity to discuss how its commitment to Creating Shared Values (CSV) meets some of the main societal nutrition and health needs of people in Nigeria.