Water bottling industry found highly compliant by NRAR.

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Water bottling industry found highly compliant by NRAR.

The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) has reported 92% compliance with NSW water laws across the water bottling industry.

NRAR visited 53 approval holders this year with inspections spanning the Southern Highlands, Lithgow, Oberon, Hawkesbury, the Northern Rivers and the Central Coast.

The findings have been positively received with NRAR’s Director of Regional Water Regulation (East) Graeme White saying, “We are pleased to see so many water bottlers doing the right thing and following the rules laid out in their licences and approvals”.

The high rate of compliance comes as no surprise to the ABCL as its Member bottlers and groundwater source owners continue to meet the requirements of the annual plant inspection audit successfully.

“These results are testimony to the importance the industry places on compliance to high standards and that commitment is a foundation principle of the ABWI Model Code for water bottlers and source owners,” said ABCL’s CEO Geoff Parker.

As Members will be aware, the ABCL has recently launched an interactive water extraction map to provide transparent and up-to-date data and information on how much the industry extracts water in comparison to other industries across the country. The initial rollout of this includes data for Queensland, with the anticipation to roll out elsewhere in 2021. This thought leadership initiative is just one example of the industry being a responsive and responsible steward in water sustainability.

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A copy of the press release is available online below.

NRAR Press Release

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