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Diageo’s Alwar distillery receives Alliance for Water Stewardship certification

A testimony to Diageo India’s progressive water stewardship initiatives in the water-stressed region of Alwar

Beverage alcohol company Diageo India has earned the prestigious Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification for its Alwar distillery in Rajasthan. It is the first spirit distillery in Asia to receive the coveted AWS certification.

The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard is a sustainability framework that helps farms, factories and other water-using facilities to take credible, verifiable actions to protect water resources. The AWS Standard is intended to drive social, environmental and economic benefits at the scale of a catchment.

Diageo’s Alwar site has achieved this by understanding shared catchment water challenges including water risks and opportunities while addressing these challenges in a way that progressively resulted in five outcomes, namely good water governance, sustainable water balance, good water quality status, important water-related areas, safe water sanitation and hygiene for all (WASH).

As the technology partner, SOURCE Global is building a 200-panel water farm which is expected to generate 9,000 litres of water from air within the first six months. With SOURCE drawing pure and constantly replenished water in the sky, the project will save groundwater. Godawan, Diageo India’s artisanal single malt whisky, produced in the warm and dry Alwar region of Rajasthan, will be the first beverage alcohol brand to use SOURCE water.

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