In India, Dasani purifies water from tap water, from which it can be used to wash clothes and cosmetics, and in some cases, to sterilize the clothes themselves.
The company has said it will release more purified water into the environment through its “Dasani Pure Collection,” a line of sanitary towels, towels and other household items, beginning next year.
A spokesperson for Dasani, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, said the company has been testing Dasani products since 2014, and said it would release purified water from its tap water.
The company has also been working with India’s water authority, the Water Resources Development Authority, to provide purified water to its customers.
India has been dealing with a severe water crisis due to climate change, which has triggered the worst drought in at least 70 years, with the country experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, the World Food Programme said in a report released in December.
A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 4 million people have been forced from their homes in India due to the drought, and that the number of people suffering from water shortages has reached 3.4 million.
The government has said a $3 billion plan to create jobs for more than 2 million people would help alleviate the shortage.