In this article we are going to list the 15 biggest water companies in the world. Click to skip ahead and jump to the 5 biggest water companies in the world.
No one can argue that water is one of the most essential elements that nature has to offer. It is even more important than food! Scientists have determined that the human body can survive without solid food for three weeks but can’t go one without water for even 3 days! The body will get dehydrated and even if it somehow manages to stay alive, it’ll go in a state of shock and go into a vegetative state. The necessity of water is second only to our need for oxygen. Did you know, that the daily required amount of water needed for a human being is 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water? This includes drinking, cooking, cleaning and other basic everyday activities. Water provides nourishment, prevents disease, helps in flushing out toxins, is necessary for agriculture and food production and last but not least, is very important for sanitation.
There are many sources where we can get water from. Abundant, even. According to Disney’s (NYSE: DIS) National Geographic, about 71 percent of the earth is covered by water but only 3 percent of that is fresh water. And of that, only 1.2 percent can be used for drinking purposes while the rest is locked in glaciers, permafrost, ice caps or buried in the ground. But some of the main sources are Surface Water, River and Lakes, Spring Water, Rock catchment areas and rock holes, Excavated dams, Rainwater tanks, Bores and wells, and Artesian bores.
Sadly, clean safe water is still a luxury in many parts of the world. Polluted water doesn’t only pollute the environment around it, it also causes a myriad of diseases in its wake. One of the most common diseases caused by polluted water is diseases. So much so that every year around 1.8 million people suffer and die from diarrheal diseases like cholera. It is up to the ones in power to help save people from the lack of safe water. Most of the water issues stem from a weak government and an unstable economy as you’ll find that most of the countries that are plagued by this are either developing or third world countries.
There are a lot of non-governmental organizations who are trying their best to eradicate this problem such as Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology. There are also companies dedicated to help the world by working to minimize water pollution. Some of these are: American Water Works Co. (NYSE: AWK), Nalco Water (NYSE: ECL) and Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL). Some businesses are doing their part by funding government and non-government projects that are making water and sanitation available to the world but all of this effort is still not enough as the world is still plunging deeper and deeper into a water crisis. One way that safe drinking water is being made available to the world is through water companies. These companies make it their business and goal to extract and provide safe drinking and usable water to its consumers. The industry has grown so much that there are almost as many options as soft drinks for drinking water. Some brands customize their selections by flavors and essence as well as on the basis of the type of water. Some of the most favored types of water, aside from still water, are spring water, sparkling water, fizzy water and bubbling water. As the years go by, the water industry is becoming more and more competitive.
Most of these companies in our list of the biggest water companies in the world have a strong international presence and are contributing to a large chunk of their respective economies. Read on to know about the top water brands (in no particular order):
15. Cielo AJE
Starting off with number 15, we have Cielo bottled water. Cielo was launched by the AJE Group in 2001. The bottled water is available in more than 10 countries. The AJE Group is a multinational organization which manages the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. It was started by the Añaños Family in Ayacucho, Peru and has its headquarters in Lima, Peru and in Madrid, Spain. It is also known for producing Kola Real and Big Cola. Apart from water, it also produces juices, nectars, light beverages, dairy and beer.