Centla, Tabasco, December 22, 2020. – FEMSA Foundation, with the support of Coca-Cola FEMSA, OXXO, Farmacias YZA and Solistica, moved the water purification vehicle Ven por Agua (‘Come Get Water’ in English) to Centla, Tabasco, to help provide access to safe water for human consumption in light of the contingency due to floods. With its water treatment vehicles, FEMSA Foundation seeks to help shorten distances to meet basic needs, and thus contribute to the recovery of the affected communities. In this intervention, FEMSA Foundation and the municipal government of Centla, Tabasco are coordinating efforts to benefit a greater number of people.
The water treatment vehicle Ven por Agua can deliver up to 48 thousand liters of safe drinking water daily, which exceeds the NOM-127-SSA1-1994’s (water for human use and consumption) and the NOM-201-SSA1-2002’s (water and ice for human consumption, packed and in bulk). Additionally, Ven por Agua has an ice-making machine, with a capacity of up to 730 kg per day, putting into use the water it purifies, which can be used to protect food and medicines.
“When a community is affected by a natural disaster, it is necessary to ensure that it can regain access to basic services, such as safe water for human consumption. To create a better future for all, we seek to contribute so that the communities of which we are a part of can move forward when adversity arises”, said Carlos Hurtado, Sustainable Development Manager of FEMSA Foundation, an organization that contributes to the creation of social and environmental value for FEMSA and its Business Units.
Ven por Agua will be located next to the fronton court of Unidad Deportiva de Frontera Center in Centla, and will be operating from 7:30am to 10:00pm from Tuesday, December 22 until the first days of January 2021. The residents of the community who require access to the service may do so by taking their jugs to the previously mentioned location. In order to benefit a greater number of families, each person is requested to carry a maximum of two jugs. In order to benefit a greater number of families, each person is requested to carry a maximum of two jugs. The delivery will be made following security measures to prevent COVID-19 infections, so people will be asked to wear a mask at all times -making sure that the nose and mouth are completely covered-, disinfect their hands with sanitizing gel that will be available in the facilities, and keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters with other people in line.
Since 2009, with the interventions of its water treatment vehicles, FEMSA Foundation has delivered more than 10.2 million liters of safe water in Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador after natural disasters such as hurricanes, droughts and earthquakes. With these interventions they have supported 342,740 people. In addition to Ven por Agua, and as part of the Contagia Solidaridad (‘Infect Solidarity’ in English) initiative, of which FEMSA Foundation and OXXO are part, 500 protection kits will be delivered to collaborators of the Tabasco Red Cross.
FEMSA is a leading company that creates economic and social value through companies and institutions and seeks to be the best employer and neighbor of the communities where it has a presence. It participates in retail trade through FEMSA Comercio, which includes the Proximity Division and of which OXXO, a chain of small format stores, is a part of. It also has a Health Division that includes pharmacies and related activities as well as a Fuel Division that operates the service stations chain, OXXO Gas. In the beverage industry it operates Coca-Cola FEMSA, public bottler of Coca-Cola products; in the beer sector, it is a shareholder of HEINEKEN, a company present in more than 70 countries. Additionally, through FEMSA’s Strategic Businesses Business Unit, it offers logistics services, point-of-sale refrigeration solutions and plastics solutions to FEMSA companies and external clients. FEMSA also participates in the cleaning products and consumables distribution industry in the United States. Through its Business Units, it employs approximately 320 thousand employees in 13 countries. FEMSA is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index, the FTSE4Good Emerging Index and the Mexican Stock Exchange Sustainable IPC, among other indices that evaluate its performance in sustainability.
About FEMSA Foundation
In FEMSA Foundation our goal is to create positive impacts on people and communities through social investment projects for sustainability. We make a better future for all by working in three strategic areas: the promotion of efficient resource management for sustainable development, the promotion of the integral development of early childhood and the dissemination of Latin American art and culture. For more information, visit us at www.fundacionfemsa.org or follow us on Facebook (/FundacionFEMSA) and Twitter (@FundacionFEMSA).