July 31, 2008

Nestle Waters North America Contributes to Hurricane Dolly Disaster Relief Effort

GREENWICH, Conn., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Waters North America has donated 222,234 half-liter bottles of Ozarka(R) Brand Natural Spring Water to citizens and disaster relief workers affected by last week's Category 2 Hurricane Dolly. AmeriCares and the American Red Cross, along with local, on-the-ground agencies, are distributing the donations throughout the region.

The first hurricane to strike the U.S. since September 2007, Hurricane Dolly hit Southeastern Texas on Wednesday, July 23, bringing severe rain and wind. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, forcing residents to evacuate. Governor Rick Perry declared 14 south Texas counties disaster areas as a result of the storm. Relief workers estimate that clean-up efforts will continue into August.

"Relief organizations continue to clean up the damage left behind by Hurricane Dolly. One of the most important needs right now is clean water for the citizens affected by the hurricane, and the volunteers that are helping to get life back to normal," said Meghan O'Hara, manager of in-kind donations for the American Red Cross. "Nestle Waters' donation allowed us to distribute clean drinking water to the affected areas, and we are grateful for the support."

"Nestle Waters is a partner we can always count on in times of disaster," said John Connell, AmeriCares director of emergency response. "Their ongoing support enabled AmeriCares to respond quickly to Hurricane Dolly, so that drinking water was available in the communities hit hard by the storm within 24 hours."

Nestle Waters is committed to supplying clean water to citizens in need. The company has provided millions of bottles of water to residents and relief workers affected by natural disasters, including the tornadoes and subsequent floods that struck the Midwest earlier this year, as well as last year's California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina.

About Nestle Waters North America

Nestle Waters North America Inc. is the number one bottled water company in the U.S. Its family of 15 well-known brands includes Poland Spring(R) Brand Natural Spring Water, the leading spring water brand in America. Based in Greenwich, Conn., Nestle Waters North America's 9,000 employees provide bottled water products to consumers across the country, including Ozarka(R) Natural Spring Water and Nestle (R) Pure Life(R). http://www.nestle-watersna.com/index

About AmeriCares

AmeriCares is a private, nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $7.5 billion in humanitarian aid to 137 countries. For more information, log onto http://www.americares.org/ .

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org/ or join our blog at http://www.redcrosschat.org/ .

Nestle Waters North America

CONTACT: Jill Sciuto, Cone, for Nestle Waters North America,+1-617-939-8451, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.nestle-watersna.com/indexhttp://www.americares.org/http://www.redcross.org/