Phasing out the blog – what subjects for the remaining months?

By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

16 February 2016 See comments (8)


I started my blog with the idea to run it for 2-3 years. It is now in its fourth year.

As I am preparing for my retirement from Nestlé and as chairman of the 2030 Water Resources Group in the course of 2017, I plan to stop posting new material on my blog by the end of summer 2016.

But before this, I would like to ask my readers whether they see a major gap, a topic related to water they would still like me to comment on.

You can leave any suggestions here in the comment section, or send me a mail (I realise quite a number of you have my e-mail address). I hope you agree that I only write if I think I might have some ideas to contribute.

By the way, the blog will stay on for some more time, and I will continue to respond to some of the comments that may come in on posts published over the last 4 years.

I would appreciate your feedback.

  1. Carl - Manager @ Independent

    22 Feb 2016 - 11:11 (GMT)

    Sorry to hear you are phasing out the blog. I did not read all your stuff, but found many that things you wrote and I actually red very stimulating, without agreeing with everything, of

    A few things might still be interesting to provide some views on: what role for bottled water, and how do you respond to critique. It looks as if you were trying to avoid the topic.

    And more generally, on the broader understanding of water as a resource, e.g. a post on water-driven wealth of nations and another one on a long term perspective of the world running out of water, Maybe with a look back at withdrawals over the last 50 or 100 years?

  2. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Chairman @ Nestle

    01 Mar 2016 - 18:25 (GMT)

    Dear Carl,

    Many thanks for the comment, and thanks for the interest in my blog.

    Let me respond to some of your points. First on bottled water: it is indeed not the main focus of my blog (see my remarks under ‘Welcome’), but I did write about it at an early stage of this blog, i.e., in September 2012 . My main points there: most people writing and talking about water distributed in bottles do not have the slightest idea of relative volumes, i.e., the miniscule water usage compared to other uses. Seen from that and a more general perspective I tried to illustrate that bottled water is neither a part of, nor a solution for, longer-term water problems; it can, however be a good short-term help as we have seen, for instance, after the Haiti earthquake, and a source of healthy hydration.

    For the new topics you suggest, i.e., water-driven wealth of nations and developments of freshwater withdrawals over the last 50 or 100 years I will take a look at the data in the coming months and come back with a post if I find something interesting to contribute. Please return to my blog as a visitor from time to time and have a look whether I found something.

    Regards, Peter

  3. Glen Nasmith - Director @ Healthlands New Zealand

    13 Apr 2016 - 03:19 (GMT)

    Hi Peter,

    Sorry to learn that you are phasing out your water challenge Blog.

    I was wondering if you have ever viewed the photo images online of
    the Blue Lake, Nelson New Zealand, the cleanest known lake in the World.

    One can imagine that there must have been a time, when all the water
    catchments in the world were as clean, even the sacred river Ganges.


  4. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Chairman @ Nestle

    14 Apr 2016 - 10:00 (GMT)

    Dear Glen,

    Many thanks for your message - thanks in particular for all your comments on earlier posts on my blog - always very knowledgeable, constructive and with views far beyond the intellectual and emotional shortcuts of many other people when it comes to water.

    On the Blue Lake: no, I did not know, but went to take a look on the net. It is views and realities as they emerge from this lake, that I think, demonstrate better than any words the continued strength and importance of water in our world overall. So, my suggestion to the readers of my blog, please go and take a look too.

    Your comment reminded me also of a ranking of the best tap water in the world, very recently published. You won’t be surprised if I tell you that New Zealand ranks amongst the top ten. I plan to write about this in my blog in the next few days.

    Regards, Peter

  5. Chirag Amin - Consultant @ A.C.E. Ltd.

    24 Aug 2016 - 14:34 (GMT)

    Dear Peter,
    This blog is very interesting and informative. I came across it during my research in how much water the world needs to meet projected population growth, ways to provide clean, reliable water supply in cost-effective manner, and dire water scarcity in many parts of the world. Many of the topics covered in your blog are indeed food for thought and highlight the pressing need to provide water relief to people facing daily challenge of having enough water to live and carry out daily activities. I look forward to reading the posts on various topics covered herein. Thank you for your contributions, raising awareness , and generating timely discussion on this very important human need, i.e, water for living, that calls for smart, prompt, collaborative, effective, and long-term solutions.

    Sorry to read that you are discontinuing this blog since many other relevant topics can be covered to address water challenge presented in this blog. Maybe this blog can have life of its own as standalone blog with contributions by various authors, invited guests, experts in certain fields, etc. to further discuss, expand on, and provide other perspectives to this critical challenge.

    Kind regards,
    Chirag Amin, Ph.D.

  6. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Chairman @ Nestle

    09 Sep 2016 - 19:04 (GMT)

    Dear Chirag,

    This is excellent information material, many thanks. The two issues - water overuse and climate change are both too serious to let hype and distorted perception crowd out the facts.

    Here is a quote from the last IPCC assessment report I came across after I wrote this post and that seems fully in line with the information you provide:

    “There is low confidence in observed global-scale trends in droughts, due to lack of direct observations and due to geographical inconsistencies in drought trends. There is also low confidence in the attribution of changes in drought over global land areas since the mid-20th century, due to the same observational uncertainties and difficulties in distinguishing decadal scale variability in drought from long-term trends.” ( )

    Regards, Peter

  7. Nikola Dojcinovski @ NPTC Bakersfield

    02 Sep 2016 - 18:51 (GMT)

    Dear Peter,

    I would appreciate your comment on water (joining oil) as a driver for resource wars.

    Regards, Nikola

  8. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Chairman @ Nestle

    09 Sep 2016 - 19:01 (GMT)

    Dear Nikola,

    Thanks for the question on water wars. I addressed the issue some time ago in one of my posts ( ). There I concluded on a relatively optimistic note, quoting Avishay Braverman, then President of Negev University: “Water is not the reason for war; it is only an excuse for war."

    Regards, Peter

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