Aquafresh, a market leader in the local bottled water industry, has been awarded the UN Corporate Excellence Award at the United Nations World Water Day 2018, for engaging in a key role in the country’s water sector. The award was presented at the Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organization (SUNFO) Ceremony for Global Village-Sustainable Development, held at the BMICH. The United Nations adopted the agenda for sustainable development in 2015, under which ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ is a key goal.
Gamini Kalubowila, General Manager – Operations and Special Projects, Access Natural Water, speaking on the occasion said, “We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the UN, for our efforts to sustainably develop the bottled water sector in Sri Lanka. Apart from working towards becoming the market leader, we have also invested in sustainability initiatives over the years. Sustaining our water source is a priority for the company. We conduct annual independent geological surveys to ensure the sustainability of the natural springs from which we extract the water. We also invest in modern technology to constantly improve our water purification process, in order to reduce wastage and keep the environment clean and devoid of pollutants.”
Launched in 2001, Aquafresh has an array of products to cater to a wide range of customers from Aquafresh to the Alkafresh brand, which is Sri Lanka’s first alkaline water. With a pH level of 9+, Alkafresh is currently available in 500ml and 5L bottles. Alkaline water has special properties which results in an impressive list of health benefits. The key benefit of alkaline water is its ability to help the body to easily maintain its alkalinity condition, which helps prevent acid reflux (heartburn) – a symptom of gastritis and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Alkaline water also benefits people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Aquafresh sources water from an aquifer located in the mountain range of the Labugamkanda rain forest. The aquifer reaches 200 feet beneath the bedrock, which avoids all contaminants from surface contact. The water is bottled at an environmentally friendly plant situated in the vicinity of global brands. Aquafresh is produced and bottled by Access Natural Water (Pvt) Ltd, a company under the diverse the source. The company has strengthened its position in the market over the years and now has a client base of over 4,000 including Subway, Burger King and Coffee Bean which are Access Group.