Washington Post: Beverage companies, fearing lack of water will hurt business, invest millions in conservation

August 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

This Aug. 8 article begins:

"WEST COLUMBIA, Texas — Fifty miles outside the nation’s fourth-largest city is a massive field of waist-high grass, buzzing bees and palm-size butterflies, just waiting to be ripped up by an entrepreneur.

"Rather than develop this pristine remnant of coastal prairie, vast enough to house more than 300 football fields, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure it remains untouched…

"…for Dr Pepper and other beverage companies engaged in similar work, the impetus is their bottom line — conserving water guarantees long-term access to the most crucial ingredient in their products."

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