Staff Report

In October, Zephyrhills Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water, a Nestlé Waters North America brand, donated $50,000 in honor of its 50th anniversary and its commitment to preserving Florida’s natural water resources to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Tampa Bay Watch at the Zephyrhills  Community Open House.  The funding donated by the Zephyrhills brand will be shared by these organizations to help support clean up and education events at parks along the Hillsborough River, and help to preserve Tampa Bay.

“One of our missions at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities for the community,” said Debra Evenson, executive director of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. “With the money contributed by the Zephyrhills brand, and the support of loyal Floridians, we will be able to expand our involvement in clean up events, meeting at area parks and disseminating throughout communities along the Hillsborough River, to help to preserve the delicate ecosystem of the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay.”

“Thanks to the generous donation from the Zephyrhills brand, we will be able to continue to protect and restore the delicate ecosystem of Tampa Bay,” said Captain Peter Clark, founder and president of Tampa Bay Watch. “Over the next year, we’ll be continuing habitat restoration and protection activities and are grateful to the brand for their support.”

The donation to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Tampa Bay Watch was supported by Florida consumers, called on by the Zephyrhills brand to share their favorite things about Florida using #FLfavorites. Every post or share of the #FLfavorites hashtag, along with “Florida Favorite Sun Badges” collected at various local events, triggered a dollar toward the $50,000 donation. In total, Tampa Bay residents shared 23,748 things they loved above Florida. The brand is making a donation in this amount, plus an incremental donation to reach a grand total of $50,000.

Zephyrhills Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water joined Nestlé Waters North America in 1982, but the brand’s heritage goes back to 1964. The water is sourced only from carefully selected springs, and the soils and limestone of the Floridan Aquifer uniquely filter the water to create perfectly balanced minerals for great taste. Visit www.zephyrhillswater.com.